Oacoma – Fully Seven Feet
Copper Idol Found with Skeletons.
Skeletons are being found in a gravel pit from which the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Company is obtaining ballast for its extension through western South Dakota from the Missouri river to the Black Hills. The gravel pit is situated on the eastern end of the extension, near the town of Oacoma, and but a short distance from Missouri river.
In the neighborhood of fifty human skeletons have thus far been unearthed. Most of them were found at a depth of from four to eight feet beneath the surface of the ground and all were buried in either a standing or sitting posture. The majority of the skeletons are those of people of a small stature, much below the ordinary or average height of the present North American Indians.
One skeleton, however, is that of a man who in life must have been fully seven feet in height. In close proximity to the skeleton of this giant were found implements of copper and bone, these being found in each of the graves near that of the giant, while in another grave was discovered a copper idol about eight inches in length.
- Heppner gazette., October 03, 1907, Image 2