Giants in Marion

Although sources are scant, there are a few older texts that make tantalizing references to giants who once roamed Marion County. I first saw a reference to giants while thumbing through a book called The History of Marion County, Ohio in the Ohio Room of the Marion Public Library. The book, which was published in 1883, makes the following bizarre claim:

Evidence for the occupation of this region before the appearance of the red man and the white race is to be found in almost every part of the county, as well as through the northwest generally. In removing the gravel bluffs, which are numerous and deep, for the construction and repair of roads, and in excavating cellars, hundreds of human skeletons, some of them of giant form, have been found.

Another book, Giants and Dwarfs, which was published in 1868 by a fellow named Edward Wood, makes a very brief mention of Marion: “In the 1860’s, some excavators digging in a hill in Marion, Ohio, uncovered thirty skeletons who also ranged in height from seven to eight feet.”

Where exactly these skeletons were discovered in Marion County remains a mystery. Was there really once a race of giants roaming Marion County? Are some of their bones are still waiting to be discovered?

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