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Introduction

Discovery

  • πŸ” Initial Find: Discovered in 1978 by Paul Barron and Eddie Bufkin while searching for arrowheads and fossils.
  • πŸ›οΈ Museum Involvement: The bone was identified as a Columbian mammoth at Baylor University's Strecker Museum.
  • 🦣 Excavation: Between 1978 and 1997, 24 mammoths and other Ice Age animals were uncovered.
  • πŸ“œ Historical Significance: The site remained closed to the public until 2009, when it was opened as a public park.
  • πŸ›οΈ National Monument: Designated as a National Monument by President Barack Obama in 2015.

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Geography

  • 🌳 Location: Situated within 100+ acres of wooded parkland along the Bosque River in Waco, Texas.
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Coordinates: 31Β°36β€²21.6β€³N 97Β°10β€²30β€³W.
  • 🌲 Flora: The area is surrounded by oak, mesquite, and cedar trees.
  • 🌊 River Proximity: The Bosque River's proximity played a role in the mammoths' demise due to flash flooding.
  • 🌍 Climate: The site is protected by a climate-controlled Dig Shelter.

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Attractions

  • 🦴 In Situ Fossils: Many fossils remain in their original location, protected by the Dig Shelter.
  • πŸ›οΈ Dig Shelter: Features a suspended walkway for an overhead view of the fossils.
  • 🦣 Columbian Mammoths: The site includes remains of 24 Columbian mammoths.
  • πŸͺ Other Animals: Fossils of a Western camel, saber-toothed cat, dwarf antelope, American alligator, and giant tortoise have also been found.
  • 🎟️ Guided Tours: Access to the Dig Shelter is by guided tour only, with a small fee.

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Visitor Information

  • 🎟️ Ticketed Entry: Access to the fossil bed inside the Dig Shelter is by ticket only.
  • πŸ’΅ Fees: A small fee is charged for guided tours.
  • πŸ“… Opening Hours: Check the official website for current opening hours and tour schedules.
  • πŸ“ Location: The monument is located in Waco, Texas, along the Bosque River.
  • πŸ…ΏοΈ Parking: Ample parking is available at the Welcome Center.

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Educational Opportunities

  • 🏫 Field Trips: The site offers educational field trips for schools and groups.
  • πŸ–₯️ Virtual Tours: Virtual tours of the Dig Shelter are available online.
  • πŸ“š Research: The site provides valuable insights into the Pleistocene Epoch and the lives of Columbian mammoths.
  • πŸ§’ Junior Ranger Program: Children can participate in activities to become a Junior Ranger.
  • πŸŽ“ University Involvement: Baylor University plays a significant role in research and preservation.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: (254) 750-7946
🌐   Website: https://www.nps.gov/waco/index.htm
πŸ•’Β Β Β Hours: See hours
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, TX 76708
πŸ”—Β Β Β Profiles: Instagram

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