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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 Excerpt: ...please find sketches of the animal shaped mounds. As requested they are drawn to scale, one small square of the paper being ten feet. I have given them on the paper, as near as possible, their correct proportions and shape." Several of these mounds were situated in the Mississippi river bottom a short distance below the village of Cassville. Others, further east in the town of Waterloo on the bank of the river. Among them, were several hundred short oblong and small round mounds, extending along for a distance of about two miles, and a number that were evidently intended to represent sortie known or unknown animal. All of these mounds were about ten feet wide and three to four feet high. A white oak stump two feet in diameter was found on the head of one of these animals that had evidently grown after the mound was built. This animal measured at least eighty feet from head to tail. On one oblong mound, with drooping projections on either side, possibly intended to represent a bird with wings, about a dozen black oak trees were found, that were over a foot in diameter. Mr. Strong was evidently in doubt as to the animal intended, as in his sketch of it we find in pencil at one end "head?" at the opposite end "tail?" and at the end of each projection the word "wing?" This mound measured 100 feet from tip to tip of the wings and about 70 feet from head to tail. Mr. Strong says further: "None of these mounds are situated with reference to the points of the compass, but from those on the ridge a fine view of the river valley is obtained." January 14th, 1875, Mr. Strong wrote to the chief geologist, Dr. Laph'am: "I have just finished reading Foster's 'Pre-historic Races.' It is very interesting but does not afford ...
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