On September 23, 1933, there was unearthed a large tusk in a gravel pit on the farm of W. S. Heuermann, section 21, Reeve Township, Franklin county, about four miles south of the town of Hampton. While loading gravel, one of the workmen, Lars C. Jensen, noticed something sticking out of the gravels that resembled a horn. Upon closer examination it was found to be a giant tusk, the largest of its kind, according to the best information available, ever found. The tusk was complete before it was broken by the workmen. The length is eleven feet, seven and one-half inches, while the circumference, at the proximal end is two feet two inches. In extricating the tusk from the gravels the tip end was broken as was a small portion, about eighteen inches in length, two feet back from the tip. The following is a complete cut of the tusk as found in the pit.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1934 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Cable, Emmett J.
"The Hampton Tusk,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 41(1), 191-197.
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