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Near Medicine Bow in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Dinosaur Graveyard

 
 
Dinosaur Graveyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. Dinosaur Graveyard Marker
Caption: Como Bluff
Inscription. To the north lies Como Bluff - "The Dinosaur Graveyard" - one of the greatest and well known fossil beds of dinosaur remains in the world. There paleontologist of the 19th century discovered and unearthed many excellent fossil specimens of the world's larges land creatures.
Crew working for paleontologists at Yale University and the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences found a multitude of dinosaur and other prehistoric animal remains in the late 1970s and 1880s, making Como Bluff the site of one of the most important discoveries of Jurassic fossils in the world. Dinosaur fossils from this region, including the now familiar Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodocus, and Apatosaurus (aka. Brontosaurus), did more than any other discoveries to make the public conscious of dinosaurs. Fierce competition ensued between paleontologists and academic institutions resulting in what is now known as the "Dinosaur Wars." In the late 1800s, hundreds of bones of dinosaurs and many other Jurassic animals, including some of the earliest known mammals were unearthed and shipped from this area. They now reside in such institutions as the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the American Museum of Natural History. Fossil Cabin was constructed as a tourist
Dinosaur Graveyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. Dinosaur Graveyard Marker
This marker is on the left.
attraction during the Lincoln Highway era.
Como Bluff and Fossil Cabin are listed on the National Resister of Historic Places. Como Bluff is primarily on private land. Trespassing is not allowed.
 
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
 
Location. 41° 51.901′ N, 106° 4.398′ W. Marker is near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is on U.S. 30, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Medicine Bow WY 82329, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Albany County Train Robberies (here, next to this marker); Owen Wister (approx. 6.9 miles away); George A. Wyman (approx. 6.9 miles away); Rock Creek (approx. 8.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on U.S. Highway 30, also numbered as U.S. Highway 287, at the Carbon/Albany county line.
 
Also see . . .
1. The World’s Oldest Building: The Fossil Cabin at Como Bluff - Wyoming State Historical Society. The historic Fossil Cabin on U.S. Route 30/287 about
Fossil Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
3. Fossil Cabin
five miles east of Medicine Bow, Carbon County, Wyo., was built in 1932 as roadside attraction on the Lincoln Highway. Today, the site still entices motorists to stop and explore.
(Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Literal skulduggery: The Bone Wars - On the Shoulders of Giants. I first heard about “The Bone Wars” a few years ago through reading Stephen Jay Gould’s Bully for Brontosaurus.... The two protagonists (or possibly antagonists) were the palaeontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope. They were two competing fossil hunters, and between them described and named some of the most famous dinosaurs ever discovered. (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

3. Fossil Cabin - Wikipedia. By 1936 Boylan had postcards printed, calling it the "Como Bluff Dinosaurium." In 1938 the cabin was promoted in Ripley's Believe It or Not as "The World's Oldest Cabin", although many common rock formations predate the era of dinosaurs. After the Ripley mention, Boylan also called the cabin the "Creation Museum" and "The Building that Used to Walk." (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Paleontology
 
Fossil Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
4. Fossil Cabin
Working in the Bone-Cabin Quarry the First Year image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1898
5. Working in the Bone-Cabin Quarry the First Year
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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