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You Better Not Do That

You Better Not Do That

The Uintah Basin  In 1908, Sarah and her husband Charles Zimmerman loaded up all their belongings, five young children, a host of farm animals, and moved from southeast Colorado to the Uintah Basin in northern Utah.   The Uintah Basin ranges from about 4,500 to about...
Sarah

Sarah

Sarah’s Descendants First off, we will call Sadie her official name starting in this chapter because that is what her family and descendants did.  In 2006 the hundred year anniversary of the Antiquities Act of 1906 was planned in Canon City and the focus on...
The Hands Whoso Beauty Was Duty Done

The Hands Whoso Beauty Was Duty Done

The Women’s Relief Corps and the Grand Army of the Republic  Marshall’s legacy as an important dinosaur excavator is a story that we can tell because of the paleontology work he did for Othniel Marsh also for  Charles Gilmore who took Marshall’s...
Marshall’s Masterpiece

Marshall’s Masterpiece

The image above by Dr. Kenneth Carpenter is a scientific view of what the Marsh Felch Dinosaur Quarry looked like about 152 million years ago. It is shown in comparison to what it looks like today.       The quarry site today represents layers of inter-bedded...
Without a Scratch

Without a Scratch

Professor Marsh relied extensively on field excavators like Marshall Felch out west while back home at the Peabody Museum of Natural History he needed fossil preparators, illustrators, and paleontologists to complete a solid identification of a species. The Peabody...
Rejoicing in Four or Five Languages

Rejoicing in Four or Five Languages

A Gigantic Jigsaw Puzzle “In the ‘eighties, still another collector whose work was of great value to Marsh was M. P. Felch, who had helped Mudge and Williston at Canon City in 1877. When Marsh’s appointment as vertebrate paleontologist to the United States...

Oramel and Ira

Oberlin Ohio JoAnn and I walked the gorgeous campus of Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio while looking into their archives on May 26, 2015.  Oramel Lucas attended college there, both before and after his days of digging dinosaurs in Canon City. We were...
The Three Rocks

The Three Rocks

There are only a handful of drawings and photographs of the ranch when the Felch family lived there. The drawing above by Loretta Bailey presents an inviting picture of Marshall, Amanda, Sadie, Ned, and Emerson getting the wagon packed on a lovely morning.  The ranch...
1877

1877

Grinders, Claws, Darwin, and Dinosaurs Paleontologists and geologists had a pretty solid understanding of our planets remarkable history by the mid 1800’s. This is lightly touched on in a background story called Grinders, Claws, Darwin, and Dinosaurs. The...