In October 1869, workers unearthed what appeared to be a petrified ten-foot giant on a remote farm in upstate New York. The discovery caused a sensation, and over the next several months, newspapers devoted daily headlines to the story and tens of thousands of Americans flocked to see the giant on exhibition. Ultimately, the discovery proved to be an elaborate hoax. Still, the story of the Cardiff Giant reveals many things about America in the post-Civil War years. The story of the Cardiff Giant sheds light on a complicated, mysterious past.
Scott Tribble is a freelance journalist in the fields of American history, music, and sports.
Chapter 1: A Giant in the Earth Chapter 2: Like Wildfire Chapter 3: The Giant Maker Chapter 4: Cradle to the Grave Chapter 5: Big Business Chapter 6: Ten Thousand Stories Chapter 7: Ugly Questions Chapter 8: The Conquering Hero Chapter 9: The Naked Giant Chapter 10: War of the Stone Giants Chapter 11: Hubbub Chapter 12: At His Old Tricks Chapter 13: A Tall Tale Chapter 14: Coming Home