Huge Human Skeleton Reported in Minnesota
New York Times, December 25, 1868
Reported Discovery of a Huge Skeleton
From the Sauk Rapids (Minn.,) Sentinel, Dec. 18. Day, before yesterday, while the quarrymen employed by the Sauk Rapids Water Power Company were engaged in quarrying rock for the dam which is being erected across the Mississippi, at that place, found imbeded in the solid granite rock the remains of a human being of gigantic status. About seven feet below the surface of the ground, and about three feet and a half beneath the upper stratum of rock, the remains were found imbeded in the sand, which had evidently been placed in the quadrangular grave which had been dug out of the solid rock to receive the last remains of this antediluvian giant. The grave was twelve feet in length, four feet wide, and about three feet in depth, and is to day at least two feet below the present level of the river. The remains are completely petrified, and are of gigantic dimensions. The head is massive, measures thirty-one and one- half inches in circumference but low in the front, and very flat on top. The Femur measures twenty-six and a quarter inches, and the Fibula, twenty- five and a half, while the body is equally long in proportion. From crown of the head to the sole of the foot, the length is ten feet nine and a half inches. The measure around the chest is ninety-nine and a half inches. The giant must have weighed at least 900 pounds when covered with a reasonable amount of flesh. The petrified remains, and there is nothing left but the naked bones, now weigh 304 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. Over the sepulcher of the unknown dead was placed a large flat limestone rock that remained perfectly separated from the surrounding granite rock.