Courtesy of Missouri State Parks
November 19, 1900: C.W. Beehler from Montesano discovered the fossil remains of three enormous humans. Found forty feet under the ground, they had skulls much larger than ours. It was thought that the giants must have been nine or ten feet tall.
Beehler found several skulls, jaws, teeth, and tusks of mastodons and other animals and exhibited them during the World’s Fair in his Jefferson County shack of a museum. People would ride the train from St. Louis to Imperial and then go over to his dig site. In 1976, the the Missouri Department of Natural Resources bought Beehler’s property, and it is now known as the Mastodon State Historic Site.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.