“Home to several Wolly Mammoth fossils”
The Waco Mammoth Site sits on more than 100 acres of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. Surrounded by oak, mesquite and cedar trees, the site offers an escape from the modern world and provides a glimpse into the lives of Columbian mammoths. On a spring day in 1978, Paul Barron and Eddie Bufkin embarked on a search for arrowheads and fossils near the Bosque River. To their surprise, the men stumbled upon a large bone eroding out of a ravine. Recognizing the unusual nature of the find, they removed the bone and took it to the Strecker Museum at Baylor University for examination.
First - they charge for the tour - unlike what it said that you can just go look - now they require the tour which isn't much of a tour - they let you in the building tell a few stories and let you ask questions... it isn't very big... if your kids are really into ICE AGE or prehistoric stuff it is worth it - otherwise skip it for other cool things
We stopped here on our way from Austin to Amarillo and I'm so glad we did. First off, they were taking COVID precautions very seriously, with almost their entire operation being set up outside under tents. Second, how often do you get to see an actual archeological dig site in situ?? It's a great walk down to the site, and my kids loved all the butterflies and critters we saw along the way. The rangers were nice and answered all my questions about how the site came about. I'd highly recommend this just for the opportunity to see an actual dig site! Plus, taking a picture of yourself or your kids next to a drawing of a life-sized mammoth is pretty neat.
This is a self-guided tour, just walk through and read the plaques but it’s still really cool to see.
It doesn’t take too long so if you have time just stop by and go see them.
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