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Cardiff Giant Hoax

The Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in United States history. It was a 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) purported "petrified man" uncovered on October 16, 1869, by workers digging a well behind the barn of William C. "Stub" Newell in Cardiff, New York. Both it and an unauthorized copy made by P.T. Barnum are still on display. More information from Wikipedia

(Steroscopic view to see what it would look like in a viewer go here)

Near Fort Dodge, Iowa.

This is the Gypsum Quarry from which was taken the block out of which the original "Cardiff Giant" was carved. The block was taken to Chicago, the "Giant" carved, and then shipped to the point in New York which gave it its name, where it was buried in a barn log, and subsquently "discovered". The perpetrators of the improsture are well remembered by old residents of Fort Dodge. Their names were George Hull and H. B. Martin. This is presented in rememberance of the generous response of Alonzo S. Weed, A.M. to an appeal for aid for our Brethern and Churches rendered needy by the scourge of grasshoppers (or locusts) in the West in 1873.

John Hogarth Lozier, (Northwest Iowa Conference)
Sec'y Relief Commission.
"Zion's Herald" Fund (hand written at bottom left)

Citation: View in Cardiff Glen, near Fort Dodge, Iowa., (1873)
Digital Collections, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox, and Tilden Foundation

Additional Links

Chapter 22 from "The History of Fort Dodge"

The Museum of Hoaxes

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