1916 Report: 7ft Female Skeleton Found in MN Mound

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer: October 03, 1916 

“Bones of Ancient Person Unearthed Near Spooner; May Have Been Giant”


An enlightening contribution to historical data concerning the early mound builders of the Rainy Lake region has been made in the finding of a skeleton of a prehistoric being near Spooner.

The skeleton was found on a caved in bank of clay off the Rainy river. It is well preserved and is thought to be that of a woman. The bones have been taken to Spooner and placed on exhibition.

Physicians who have examined the skeleton declare that it represented a type of early prehistoric persons who were seven feet or more and who possessed an especially large lower jaw. They drew this conclusion because the skeleton found was that of a person of a very large stature. The jaw bone was wide and its construction is said to be a special gift of nature to the early man in order that he could masticate the coarser foods which then made up his subsistence.

The skull is very large. The well rounded forehead gives evidence of considerable development of intelligence among these early inhabitants of the Rainy Lake territory. The fact that the skeleton was found at the base of the mound established the fact that the being once belonged to a race of mound people builders, several persons declare.

The mound at the base of which the skeleton was found was opened about three years ago… but what the skeleton unearthed represents intelligent, industrious mound dwellers who lived before the days of the red men.

The skeleton will be sent to the Minnesota Historical society.

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