Monday, January 5, 2015

Giant Miami Indian Skeleton Uncovered in Lakeside Neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana


Giant Miami Indian Skeleton Uncovered in Lakeside Neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana




The Archaeologist: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine, 1893


      On April 20, 1893, while some workmen were digging a drain on St. Joe Avenue, in Lakeside, a suburb of Fort Wayne, Ind., 28 miles south of here, they were surprised to find a bone of a human foot protruding from the soil. Further excavation revealed the entire skeleton, which proved to be that of an aborigine of large stature. The skeleton was perfectly preserved and was undoubtedly that of a chief, as was evidenced by the property- found hurried with it. It lay face downward and measured six feet and six inches from crown to sole. Around the neck was a strand of silver beads strung on a silver wire, and buried by its side were found tomahawks, axes. knives and the iron of a flint-lock musket. Five hundred pieces of silver from the size of a gold dollar to that of a dime; but no inscriptions were on them to show their date or purpose. The relics are to be preserved with the hope of ascertaining, if possible, who the chieftain was.  Lakeside, where the bones were found, is historic ground. It lies at the confluence of the St. Joseph and the St. Mary's rivers, where they join to form the Maumee. On the west bank is the Old Fort established by Mad Anthony Wayne, and from which the city takes its name.