In the spring of 1886, Northeast Alabama was hit with heavy rainfall. More specifically, Gadsden, the county seat of Etowah County, Alabama. However, according to an old article, there are reports that the rivers rose six feet above the previous flood record.
The flood caused widespread damage and stripped many farms of their topsoil. Once the flood subsided, James Henry, a farmer, returned to his farm on Whorton Bend, where he discovered an ancient Indian burial ground. The flooding and topsoil removal must have uncovered it.
According to the story, Henry found artifacts, earthenware pots, knives, pipes, and tomahawks. Yet the discoveries get even stranger when he reportedly found skeletal remains of ¨enormous giants¨. Henry reportedly found a skull so large his head could have fit his entire head inside of the skull.
Once he dug up all the skeletal remains, Henry estimated the skeleton to be over 12 feet tall. Henry then declared that Goliath must have come from Alabama. He told his neighbors about his significant discovery, and they would stop by to see the artifacts and the skeletons.
Unfortunately, no one knows what happened to the artifacts found on Henry´s property, but it is said that Henry was real.
His real name was James Keener ¨Keeney¨ Henry, born in Alabama on January 1, 1848, which would have made him 38 years old at the time of his discovery. He died on February 2, 1931, in a cemetery in Etowah County.
The remains have never resurfaced since Henry found them.