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Rusk County – 9 ft 6 inches


“SKELETONS OF MOUND BUILDERS FOUND St. Paul, Dec. 11 (Special). – An interesting relic of prehistoric times has been discovered on the banks of the Chippewa River in northern Wisconsin, just between Maple and Potato Creeks. A party of hunters discovered three mounds at this spot whose curious appearance and symmetrical construction at once indicated that they were the work of the Mound Builders. The skull and leg bones of a human being were found close to the bottom of the mound and were taken out in fairly good condition. The skull was as large around as a half-bushel measure, and Dr. McCormick estimated the height of the man, judging by the bones of the leg, to be at least nine feet and six inches. The skull and chest of another skeleton, much smaller than the first, probably a woman, was found beside the other. While excavating, there was picked up a slender rod of copper, finely molded, and as rigid as a piece of steel. The rod is about double the thickness of a shoemaker’s needle and nearly thirteen inches long. So finely tempered is the copper that the strongest man could not bend or break it.”

The discovery of the large skeleton in Northern Wisconsin is a remarkable relic of prehistoric times, as it sheds light on the history and physical characteristics of the ancient inhabitants of the region. According to Dr. McCormick’s estimation, the skeleton belonged to a man who was at least 9 feet and 6 inches tall, which is an extraordinary height by today’s standards.

The finding of the skeleton provides valuable insight into the lifestyle and habits of the Mound Builders, as well as their physical characteristics. The size of the skeleton suggests that these people were physically different from the modern-day inhabitants of the region. The discovery of the slender rod of copper is also of significance, as it provides evidence of the advanced metalworking skills of these ancient people.

The preservation of this skeleton is of great importance for scientific research, as it can help us understand more about the ancient inhabitants of the region and the history of the region itself. It can help us answer many questions about the origin, development, and extinction of the Mound Builders, as well as their culture, lifestyle, and beliefs. The study of this skeleton can also provide valuable information about the genetic changes of human beings and their physical characteristics over time.

Overall, the discovery of this skeleton is a significant contribution to the field of anthropology, as it adds to our understanding of prehistoric times and the people who lived during those times. The preservation of such relics is crucial for advancing our knowledge of the past of human beings.


  1. St Paul, Dec. 11 (Special). –
  2. New York Tribune, Dec. 12., 

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