Beloit in Rock County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Roy Chapman Andrews
Roy Chapman Andrews, one of the most celebrated explorers of the 20th century, was born in Beloit on January 26, 1884. He grew up across the river at 419 St. Lawrence Avenue. Andrews acquired a lifelong passion for the natural world during his childhood explorations of the Rock River Valley. In March 1905, he survived a harrowing boating accident upriver that claimed the life of his companion.
The following year Andrews graduated from Beloit College and talked his way onto the staff of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His first job involved sweeping floors; his last one, decades later, was as museum director. In between, the intrepid Andrews explored the globe. He gained his greatest fame during a series of five scientific expeditions he led to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and China from 1922 to 1930.
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Using an ingenious combination of ancient and modern forms of transportation – camels and motor cars – his team of explorers discovered new species of dinosaurs, the first nests of dinosaur eggs, evidence of early mammals that coexisted with dinosaurs, and colossal Ice Age mammals.
Andrews collected a lifetime of adventure as well, crediting a lucky star with seeing him through encounters
Andrews died in 1960 at age 76 and is buried in Beloit’s Oakwood Cemetery. Contemporary explorers covet the prize and statue awarded in his name since 2003, the Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award.
Erected 2014 by Roy Chapman Andrews Society and Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 555.)
Location. 42° 30.673′ N, 89° 2.029′ W. Marker is in Beloit, Wisconsin, in Rock County. Marker can be reached from Riverside Drive (U.S. 51) ¼ mile north of White Avenue (Wisconsin Highway 81). Click for map. Marker is located in Riverside Park, Beloit, near the Turtle Island Playground, just west of the bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1160 S. Riverside Dr., Beloit WI 53511, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beloit College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Black Hawk at Turtle Village / The U.S. Military at Turtle Village (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rasey House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wisconsin's First Aviator (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Medal of Honor (approx. 2.6 miles away); Black Hawk War (approx. 2.6 miles away); Route of Abraham Lincoln (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beloit.
Also see . . .
1. Roy Chapman Andrews Society website. (Submitted on August 5, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
2. Roy Chapman Andrews - Encyclopedia Britannica. (Submitted on August 5, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Exploration • Paleontology • Science & Medicine •
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