Local Upland, Indiana, Physician Measures Mound Builders Skeleton at Nine Feet

Local Upland, Indiana, Physician Measures Mound Builders Skeleton at Nine Feet

A slight rise in the field is the only remnant of this once large burial mound, near Upland, Indiana in Grant County. 
Combination Atlas Map of Grant County, Indiana    1877
“The largest of mounds found in Grant County is that one found two miles south and one mile west of Upland, in Jefferson Township. About forty years ago the mound was five or six rods in diameter and about fifty feet high. At that time it was covered with all kinds of timber.”
“After people began settling near the mound they began clearing away the timber. The dirt was carried about a quarter of a mile. There is a basin near, rather deep, and at that time it was covered with trees, the same as the mound. The supposition of the old settlers was that the dirt in the mound was carried from where the basin is now.
People owning the land cleared the mound and for years have plowed it down until at the present time it is merely nothing but a small hill. In plowing and digging the mound many relics of the mound builders have been found, such as darts, hatchets, gun-barrels and bows.
The darts were just ordinary shaped ones like those found in later years. The hatchets were made of stone, mostly of blue granite. They were large and rudely shaped. The guns were old-fashioned flint-lock guns.
The owner of the mound gave many people permission to dig into it. One day two men were given permission to dig. The dug a trench north and south about four feet deep. After- they found a part of a skeleton of a man, the thigh bone, ball and socket joint, and many small bones. When the small bones were exposed to the air they immediately crumbled. The ball and socket and thigh bones were taken to a physician in Upland and he estimated the bones were of a man at least nine feet tall and weighing not less than three hundred pounds and the man was not fleshy.

Across the road from the mound that contained the giant human skeleton is this burial mound that has been spared the spade.
A stone smoking pipe was found. The bowl of the pipe was two and half inches in diameter and the stem was six or seven inches long. It was made in the shape of a letter (L) and of blue granite stone.
Under the place where the bones and pipe were found, was a bed of boulders, from the size of a hen egg to the size of a man’s head, being cemented together. The old settlers thought the mound builders had their valuables hidden under this bed of boulders. No one has been able to break the boulders with a pick. The pipe was taken to Marion and ten dollars was given for it.

There is another mound a short distance down the river from the large one. This mound is much smaller than the one just mentioned. In it was found a silver wheel, made like a buggy wheel, and cut from silver. It was four inches in diameter.”