Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Pioneers of Paleontology
Interest in the area’s fossils goes back to 1853, when a U.S. Army expedition discovered the Black Forest in what would become the park’s northern section. Later, at the request of General William Tecumseh Sherman, two petrified logs from that area were acquired for the Smithsonian Institution.
Conservationist John Muir collected fossils and named some of the park’s “forests” in the early 1900s, when he was living in nearby Adamana.
Annie Alexander and a companion discovered some of the first fossil reptiles and amphibians in 1921. They brought their findings to the attention of Charles L. Camp, who went on to spend nearly a decade studying the fossil vertebrates of the area.
These scientists are just some of the paleontological pioneers who laid the foundation of current studies into the park’s treasure trove of fossils.
Erected by Petrified National Forest Services.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs Archeological District (approx. 1.7 miles away); Newspaper Rock (approx. 1.7 miles away); Summer Solstice Marker (approx. 2.3 miles away); A Canvas for Ideas (approx. 2.3 miles away); Whispers from the Past (approx. 2.3 miles away); Meaning of Place (approx. 2.3 miles away); Life in the Village (approx. 2.3 miles away); Village on the Rio Puerco (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holbrook.
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