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A giant skeleton is unearthed in an unknown location around the 1880s.

Real giants in the earth? Giant skeletons have been found all over the world, all over the U.S. and specifically, near Dakota, Minn. Who were these giants in the earth? Where did they come from? When did they live?

The 1913 Winona County History book stated, “Indian mounds and relics are found in various parts of our area. While men were digging in Miners Bluff (hill on the south end of Dakota), 150 feet above the river, a skeleton of an unusual size was unearthed. On measuring, the giant skeleton was found to be 10 feet in length, with other parts in proper proportions. A copper hatchet and a dart of arrowhead nine inches long were found in the skull. Another skeleton, nine feet long was found in the village of Dresbach, while some men were digging a road or trench.”

“These skeletons were of an unusual size to those generally taken from Indian mounds. Their size, form and structure would lead those versed in paleontology to believe they belonged to a race prior to the Indian.”

The 1882 History of Houston County said, “At La Crescent, there is a chain of mounds which indicate the existence of a race with characteristics quite distinct from, and unlike the Indians. The conformation of the skulls which have been found reveals them as having more of an animal nature than their exterminators; one striking peculiarity being in the size of the jaws, the lower one especially. It is true it was a human jaw and not an animal’s, because it had a chin, which no mere animal has…”

An account of Jim Doville of Trempeleau, Wis., in an early 1900s era La Crosse Tribune and Leader Press also talked about “Indians who were of an average height of eight feet.” The article said, “It was just after Doville returned from the Civil War that the Milwaukee [railroad] tracks were laid. Doville took an active part in the work, at the direction of the civil engineers. While building the right-of-way near Richmond, Minn., halfway between points of bluffs known as King’s and Queen’s mountains, the workmen were amazed to discover the skeletons of men, which then, even in the state they were found, were taller than the tallest pioneer workmen in the big crew.”

The article continued, “A St. Louis scientist got wind of the find and he hastened north, and joined the railroad men. He declared, after assembling the bones of many of the skeletons which now rest in glass cases in a municipal museum in St. Louis, that their stature averaged eight feet. No relics were found with the bodies. They were buried very deep in the ground and in large numbers, and are still to be found today, according to Doville, at the foot of King’s and Queen’s mountains, now better known as bluffs....”

Doville, thought to be the first white child born on the Mississippi River above Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien, Wis., whose mother was Winnebago, also spoke of “the great battle which the Red Men believed was fought at the base of King’s bluff.”

He asked numerous questions of the Indians who were about. The Indians told him, “The mound builders were but dim memories to the Indians, the recollections of them kept alive only in occasional story. The Indians declared … that the mound builders had been done away with entirely by the smaller, but more intelligent Indian which followed him, the descendants of whom … still live in this section.”

A story in the book “Weird Minnesota” by Eric Dregni talks about a book by Jay Rath called The M-Files, which said, “Rath reports that in 1884, 52 men of “exceptionally large stature” were uncovered in La Crescent, having been buried 18 feet underground. Even more impressive are the 600 huge skeletons that were found in Lanesboro. Rath explains that “George E. Powell, writing in 1907, said that 27 years earlier he had heard oral histories representing a battle said to have occurred 200 years before then. The dead were supposedly strangers slain by Ojibwe; the story comes from a 100-year old Ojibwe.’”

Rath suggested the giants were Neanderthals or Giantopithecus, which was another humanoid that evolved in Asia 9 million years ago and survived until 1 million years ago. He speculated they could have crossed the land bridge between Siberian and North America – a trip at that time of 52 miles.

Perhaps the 1913 Winona County History summed it up the best, “Where they came from, when they lived, and whence they have gone, is only conjecture and speculation. That they were mighty races, skilled in the mode of warfare, understanding the mechanical arts, for all these we have conclusive evidence. But of their end we know nothing. Whether they were swept from the earth by some deadly epidemic, or annihilated themselves by intestine wars, or died of inherent weakness, we have nothing to inform us.”

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