Old Stories of Giant Skeleton Finds in Kentucky
Giant Skeleton Stories Found in Old Kentucky Newspapers
There are many stories in Kentucky about an ancient race of giants that lived in the area. Here are a few interesting newspaper articles found that mention finds of giant skeletons. Not all of the finds are in Kentucky but the stories reflect great details of previously known finds that I have never seen before.
Giant’s Bones Found.
Greensburg, KY., Feb 11, 1902 — The recent high water in Russell creek washed away a part of a bank on the farm of Porter Spires, in this county, and exposed to view a rude vault built out of flat stone, in which was the skeleton of a giant.
The Richmond climax., February 19, 1902 (Richmond, KY)
SKELETONS OF GIANTS
Bones and Curios of Pre Historic race may be Exhibited at Jamestown Exposition.
Norfolk Va – What archaeologists declare will solve this mystery surrounding the ancient mound builders was discovered recently in duo of a series of hills along the Illinois river in that state. The “find” shows traces of handicraft of past ages, and the bones of those who wrought it. Several skeletons were exhumed more than eight feet long, also pieces of remarkable pottery beads and curious implements . Under the bones of the ancient dead were found vases, the largest of which are capable of holding more than two gallons, while under a skull was unearthed a bowl in the center of which is a well fashioned figure of a King seated upon a crude throne. It Is believed by scientists that these bones may be those of a great leader of the race that once ruled this portion of the country.
Strangest of all the articles found with the bones were implements that are apparently made of bamboo, some of them evidently shaped for purposes of weaving. Countless beads were found in the mound of a strange material almost white, and possibly made from the best of potters clay.
Another interesting and curious “find” is a shell shaped dish with a wolf’s head, the work on which leaves no doubt that it was carved, even the teeth of the wolf gleaming from it, and as exquisitely executed as some of the ivory carving of the Japanese.
Thousands of persons are being attracted to the scene of excavation by the news of the wonderful discoveries. The soil of the mound has never been disturbed and to this fact is attributed the marvelous preservation of the things taken from it.
Eminent archaeologists are unanimous in the opinion that the mound is a pre historic burying ground greater in extent and more perfectly preserved than any yet discovered and is a valuable contribution definitely settling many mooted points.
An effort is being made not only to secure this remarkable find in its entirety for the Jamestown Exposition but the results of investigations determining the history of this race and extinct race of people.
The bee., November 29, 1906 (Earlington, KY)
Giant’s Skeleton Found.
Chillicothe, Ohio, May 31 1897 — Ten skeletons were found In two mounds by Dr. Loreberry, curator of the Ohio state university museum, one that of a giant fully eight feet talL It is the
most notable find yet.
Daily public ledger., May 31, 1897 (Maysville, KY)
Giant Skeleton Unearthed.
Valparaiso, Ind., June 3. — While the steam shovels of the Knickerbocker Sand Co. were leading sand at Dune park, on the shore of Lake Michigan, they unearthed a well-preserved skeleton seven feet two inches in length, and is supposed to be that of a member of an early tribe of Indians. It was found nearly thirty feet under ground.
Daily public ledger., June 03, 1895 (Maysville, KY)
Discovery of the Skeleton of a Man Twelve Feet in Height.
St Joseph Mo Gazette. — Hon J.H. Hainiv, a well known and reliable citizen of Barnard Mo writes to the Gazette the particulars of the discovery of a giant skeleton four miles southwest of that place. A farmer named John W. Hannon found the bones protruding from the bank of ravine that has been cut by the action of the rains during the past years. Mr Hannon worked several days in unearthing the skeleton which proved to be that of a human being whose height was twelve feet. The head through the temples was twelve inches; from the lower part of the skull at the back to the top was fifteen inches, and the circumference forty Inches. The ribs were nearly four feet long, and one and three fourth inches wide. The thigh bones were thirty six inches long and large in proportion. When the earth was removed the ribs stood high
enough to enable a man to crawl in and explore the Interior of the skeleton, turn around and come out with ease. The first joint of the greater toe above the nail was three inches long and the entire foot eighteen inches length.
The skeleton lay on it’s face about twenty feet below the surface of the ground and the toes were imbedded In the earth indicating that the body either fell or was placed there when the ground was soft. The left arm was passed around backward, the hand resting on the spinal column, while the right arm was stretched out to the front and right.
Some of the bones crumbled on exposure to the air but many good specimens were preserved and are now on exhibition at Barnard. Medical men are much Interested. The skeleton is generally pronounced a valuable relic of the prehistoric race.
The Breckenridge news., August 22, 1883 (Cloverport, KY)
GIANT SKELETONS FOUND.
Interesting Result of Opening a Mound in Ohio.
Homer, Ohio, May 7 1885 — One of the most important discoveries of the many made in this prolific field of Indian mounds was made near here. Beneath a small mound at five feet below the normal surface, five gigantic skeletons, with their foot to the east, were found in a grave with a stone floor. Remnants of burned bones and charcoal are plentiful, together with numerous stone vessels and weapons.
The skeletons are of enormous size, the head of one being the size of a wooden bucket. The most striking article beside the skeleton were a beautifully finished stone pipe, the bowl being large and polished and engraved with considerable care in a simple way, with figures of birds & beasts; a knife shaped like a sickle reversed and having a wooden handle held by leather thongs, and a kettle holding perhaps six quarts.
Those who know say this find is one of the oldest in America and perhaps the most valuable.
Daily evening bulletin., May 07, 1885 (Maysville, KY)
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Five giant skeletons were found a few feet below the surface while excavating for a sewer in Petersburg, Ky.
The citizen. (Berea, Ky.), 27 Nov. 1902