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Sauk Rapids 10 ft 9 1/2

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The Largest ;;; Skeleton.- Ever
Found The Exhumation of an
Antediluvian Human Skeleton.
. From the Sauk Rapids Sentinel, 18th.
. Day before yesterday,1 while the
quarry men employed by the Sauk
Rapids Water Power Company were
engaged in qnarr3-ing rock for the
dam which is being erected across
the Mississippi at this place,’ they
found imbedded in the solid granite
rock the remains of a tuman being
of gigantic stature. About ‘ seven
feet below the surface of the ground
and about three feet and a half be
neath the upper stratum of rock,the
remains were found imbedded in the
sand, which had evidently been plac
ed in the quadrangular grave vihich
had been dug out of the solid rock
to receive the last remains of this an
tediluvian giant. The grave was 12
feet in length, four feet wide, and
about three feet in depth, and is to
day at least two feet below the pres
ent level of .the river. The remains
are completely petrified, and of gi
gantic : dimensions. – 1 he – head is
massive, and measures thirty one
and a halt inches in circumference,
but low in the o frontts. and verj’
nat on top. 1 he femur measures
twenty six and a quarter inches, and
the fibula twenty five and a half,
while the body 13 equally long in
proportion. From the crown of
of the head to the sole of the foot
the length is ten feet nine inches and
half. The . measure around the
chest is fifty nine and a half inches.
This giant must have weighed at
least 900 pounds when covered with
a reasonable amonnt of flesh. The
petrified remains, and there is notic
ing left but the naked bones, now
weigh 304i pounds. The thumb
and fingers of the left hand, and the
left foot, from the ankle to the toes
are gone ; but all the other parts are
perfect. -Uver the sepulchre ot the
unknown dead was placed ; a large
flat limestone ‘ rock that remained
perfectly separated – from – the sur
rounding granite rock, c
These wonderful remains of an
antediluvian, gigantic race are in pos
session of a gentleman who had
started with it to his residence East.
This gentleman, it is said, will send
the remains to Boston, and possibly
we may hear all that can be said on
the subieet by the learned in these
things. It is snpposed by some 01
our ablest men, among whom is
General Thomas, that many more
skeletons wffl be found during the
process of excavating the granite
rocks in this place. Some think
that these remains were deposited
in this sarcophagus prior to the for
mation of the present strata of rocks
that now abound here; but this is
mere conjecture.

 Wyandot County Republican. (Upper Sandusky, Ohio), 21 Jan. 1869. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

Gallipolis journal. (Gallipolis, Ohio), 31 Dec. 1868. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

Nebraska advertiser. (Brownville, Nemaha County, N.T. [Neb.]), 02 Feb. 1871. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

Spirit of Jefferson. (Charles Town, Va. [W. Va.]), 23 Feb. 1869. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

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