The Fresno Petrified
The “Petrified Man”
is a Great Curiosity,
and will be
exhibited at the Worlds fair in Chicago. One day will be set
aside for ladies only.
Big Injun is He.
The petrified man,
now on exhibition at the Central hotel in this city, undoubtedly
ranks high among the curiosities occasioned be a freak of
Ho was discovered
December 12, 1890, about sixty miles from Fresno, Cal. The
marsh in which he was found seems full of petrified wood, clam
shells, whale bone, and in fact, everything subject to
petrifaction seems to have been magically touched by the
Many professional and scientific men have closely scrutinized
man, made. minute investigation of his entire anatomy and
universally agree it is not the work of man. Leaving all
circumstantial evidence out of the question the fossil of itself
has the absolute symmetrical anatomical relations that art would
absolutely fail to imitate.
Any one who is acquainted with fossils and the laws of
petrifaction must pronounce this specimen genuine as under the
same laws and conditions solids, fish, shells and other objects,
both animal and vegetable, have turned to stone.
C. E. Boinhard, M. D., J. G. Mickle, of Fresno, J. A. Little, M,
D., Camp Badger. California, together with eighty leading
physicians of the Golden state and the testimony of over 300
representative citizens of Fresno is unimpeachable . evidence
that the “Petrified Giant” which measures 6 feet 41/2
inches was at one time a man and walked, ran and danced as did
the Indian braves of elder days.
Col. Poston, of this city, says: “I have seen most of the noted
statuary at the world and there is not n work of art in
existence that bears even a resemblance to this petrified man. I
do not hesitate to pronounce it genuine and the greatest
curiosity I over saw.”
Republican., April 12, 1892,
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