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Salt Lake County – Gigantic Bones of a Man


f 1 > ciA ci-A WHAT IS IT Parts of a Mammoth Human Skeleton Found In a Field South of the City Two Workmen In Digging a Foundation Founda-tion Exhume the Gigantic Bones of a Man The Skeleton on Exhibition at the Deseret Museum this Afternoon and Eveninir While a couple of workmen were digging the cellar for a new house to be erected in a field about a mile south of this city they this morning came across a curiosity that has made more than one eYe bulge out and that will yet create any amount of interest This was nothing noth-ing more nor less than parts of a huge human skeleton which must have supported sup-ported the flesh and muscles of a MAMMOTH GIANT Of an earlier age than this The men commenced work several days ago and were down over six feet when the discovery was made At about 11 oclock this morning one of the men named Joseph Johnson was picking at abed a-bed of hardpan when he noticed a hollow hol-low sound and forcing his pick through the crust he found that there was quite a vacuum there He called his partners attention to the fact and fearing that they had run into an old well the two began to work more cautiously By persistent picking a large piece of the crust was loosened and then by prying with their shovels it was turned over and found to be the natural earthen cover to A GHASTLY TOMB The first sight that caught their eye was a huge bone and upon moving the dirt from about it they discovered the skeleton foot attached and the loosened knee joint The immense site of these parts startled the men so that they were tempted to leave it and get assistance before be-fore attempting to do any more but upon second thought they decided to explore a little further Digging along the line of the first bone to the south they worked about an hour and finally succeeded in getting out the thighbone whole This took them to the south wall of the excavation and as further progress can be made only by digging through six feat of ground they decided to let the thingalone for the present As quick as a conveyance could be secured se-cured the bones were brought up to the city and taken to the Deseret Museum where they can be seen up to the hour of I closing this evening The length of the limb from the toe to the top of the thigh bone is nearly nine feet the foot in itself measuring over half a yard The lateness at which the news of the discovery was received prevents pre-vents a detailed description but there are some interesting facts yet to be exhumed with the trunk and head The place where the discovery was made is about two city blocks south of I Liberty Park and belongs to the Johnson John-son mentioned above

1. Salt Lake Democrat | 1887-04-01 | Page 4 | A “What is it?”

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