The evidence appears to be pretty well settled that this whole Western country was once inhabited by a race of beings of gigantic stature, who were not only hard-working, industrious fellows, but excelled in many of the fine arts. What their laws, institutions, and code of morals consisted of, we shall probably never know, as printing presses and interviewing reporters were scarce in those days. But from the numerous mounds scattered over the country, which the learned have told us were the work of their hands, it is quite easy to assume that they were heavy on the dirt and took much delight in wielding the spade and shovel. They would be useful fellows to have in these days of railroads and canals; it is to be regretted that the race died out before the present system of internal improvements commenced.
From time to time, the skeletons of an unknown race have been discovered in the different mounds mentioned, up and down the Mississippi river, the last discovery of the kind being made near Potosi, Wis., a little over a week ago. A young man by the name of Patterson, brother-in-law to S. M. Langworthy, Esq., of this city, was engaged with a number of men in digging out for the foundation of a sawmill near the bank of the river. In digging out this, it became necessary to remove one of these ancient mounds or tumuli. The workmen had descended to the depth of about seven feet when they unearthed two human skeletons, the bones of which were almost entire and in good state of preservation. Upon taking them out, an accurate measurement was made of the skeletons, when one of them was found to be seven and a half feet and the other eight feet in length. The jaws of each were filled with double rows of teeth, while the cheekbones were very high and prominent. Under the bones, a large collection of arrowheads and strange toys were found, which had evidently been buried with them.
The discovery of skeletons of a giant race near Potosi, Wisconsin, is a fascinating one, as it adds to the mounting evidence that a race of beings of gigantic stature once inhabited the Western region of the United States. The bones found were almost entirely intact and were in good condition, providing a rare opportunity for researchers to study and analyze the physical characteristics of these ancient people.
According to the report, the skeletons were measured to be seven and a half feet and eight feet in length, respectively, with double rows of teeth and high and prominent cheekbones. The collection of arrowheads and toys buried with them also provides a glimpse into the culture and way of life of this ancient civilization.
It is unfortunate that the workmen who discovered the bones did not take the necessary steps to preserve them properly, which may have resulted in the loss of valuable information and insights into the history of this region. If more skeletons of this race can be discovered and preserved, it would be an incredible opportunity for scientists and researchers to further our understanding of this fascinating period in human history.
Overall, this discovery highlights the importance of preserving archaeological finds and the need for proper protocols and training to ensure that future discoveries are handled with care and respect.
Strange to state, the workmen instead of preserving these bones carted them off into the road, and it is feared that the great majority are now wasted. It is highly probable that other skeletons exist in that vicinity.
- Dubuque jTimes.
- Urbana union., February 16, 1870, Image 1
- Research done by Rephaim23