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Potosi Giants, 7 & 8 foot skeletons

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Skeletons of a Giant Race Found near Potosi.
The evidence appears to be pretty
well settled that this whole Western
country was once inhabited by a race of
oeings oi gigantic stature, who were not
oniy nara-worKing, industrious fellows,
out, wen up m many oi the hne arts,
W hat their laws, institutions and code
of morals consisted of, we shall probably
never knowKas printing presses and in
terviewing reporters were searce iu those
days, but from the numerous mounds
scattered over the country, which the
learned Havana tell us were tjje work of
tneir hands, it is quite easy to assume
that they were heavy on the dlsr and
took much delight iu weildingthe spade
and shovel. Thev would be useful
fellows to have in these days of railroads
ana canals, it is to be regretted that the
race died out before the present svstem
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 dis
covery of the kind being made near Po
tosi, 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
inber of men iu digcinir out for the
foundation of a saw mill, near the batik
of (he river, Iu digging out this it be
came neccessary to remove one of these
ancient mounds or tumuli. The work
men had descended to the depth of about
seven feet, when they unearthed two
numan sKeietons. the bones of which
were almost entire, and in a good state
of preservation. Upon taking them out
an accurate measurement was made of
the skeletons, when one of them was
found to be ueven and a half feet and the
other eight fret In lentjth. The jaws of
each were filled with double lows of
teeth, while the cheek bones were very
high aud prominent. Under the bones
a large collection of arrow-heads and
strange toys were found, which had evi
dontly been buried with them.
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 skele.
tons exist in that vicinity. Dubuque j
Urbana union., February 16, 1870, Image 1

Research done by Rephaim23



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