A prehistoric graveyard on Sycamore Creek, where the grade of the Verde railway passes through, has been uncovered by a crew of laborers under the direction of Conductor C.W. Corbin in performing certain excavations to improve the roadway. There has thus been revealed a very interesting situation that prevailed at some time or another in the physical make-up of a race as is reflected in the massive remains that have been recovered and which are indisputably of a giant type of humanity that is bewildering to those of this generation. The skull of a human is in the possession of Mr. Corbin together with a portion of the frame that would indicate one who in life must have attained a height of at least eight feet. The sides of the face have been severed, but when placed in their natural position on the head of the living, they were so massive as to shield the features like unto a perfect mask. The bones of the legs likewise are of greater length and heavier than any of this day.
That a prehistoric burying place has been determined is proven in the finding of a handful of beads, which archaeologists trace to the Toltec period. These precious ornaments were kept by the Mexican laborers and cannot be secured. Mr. Corbin, however, verifies the discovery made and at the time did not appreciate what their possession meant, else would have secured the lot.
The mammoth skeleton is a duplicate of that discovered some months ago by Peter Marx on Walnut Creek, which the owner retains in his possession.
- Evening Star. (Washington D.C.. 1997. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1887-12-09/ed-1/seq-3/>
- az santa cruz nogales, 1/2 mile north of wash post, 9 december 1887 pg 4.
- Wichita eagle., December 08, 1887, Page 2.