Monday, July 11, 2011

Carbon County—It’s Got Great Bones!

If you’re driving along U.S. Highway 30 through Medicine Bow, Wyoming, you’ll want to stop and take a few photos of the Como Bluff Fossil Cabin Museum. Even though the museum is closed, look closely at the walls and you’ll notice the low square building is actually made up of more than 26,000 pieces of dinosaur bones, held together with good old mortar. The building was dubbed “Oldest Cabin in the World” by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

Just ten miles east of town, in the ridge called Como Bluff, lies one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil sites, first discovered by workers on the nearby Union Pacific Railroad in the mid 1870s. The remains of 247 out of the 250 known Jurassic-era creatures of the North American continent have been unearthed here—26 new species of dinosaur and 45 new species of Jurassic mammals to date. The 82-foot-long Diplodocus that greets visitors in New York’s American Museum of Natural History hails from Como Ridge.

For great camping, the nearby Medicine Bow National Forest offers numerous opportunities for RVers. Learn more about Carbon County, Wyoming.

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