Lincoln in Lancaster County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Mammoths roamed Nebraska's grasslands for more than one million years before mysteriously disappearing between 11,000 and 10,000 years ago. These extinct relatives of today's elephants were the largest mammals ever to walk the Great Plains. Adult males stood more than 13 feet tall at the shoulder and had a weight of over 24,000 pounds. Mammoth bones and teeth have been found in Ice Age deposits in all but three of Nebraska's 93 counties. Bones and tusks were uncovered just 100 yards east of where you are now standing. This sculpture was completed by Fred J. Hoppe in 1998.
Erected by University of Nebraska State Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Paleontology. A significant historical year for this entry is 1998.
Location. 40° 49.213′ N, 96° 42.111′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Nebraska, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Vine Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in front (north) of the University of Nebraska State Museum (Morrill Hall), on the UNL west campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln NE 68588, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mueller Tower at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Pershing Rifles (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct "America's Mission" (approx. ¼ mile away); Osborne Athletic Complex (approx. ¼ mile away); The Nebraska State Historical Society (approx. ¼ mile away); Original Site of St. Paul Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln's Founding Block (approx. 0.4 miles away); Artesian Well Fountain (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
Also see . . . Cenozoic Fossils of Nebraska. (Submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 647 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on April 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on August 28, 2015.