Quarry Exhibit Hall Reconstruction is On Schedule
Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Mary Risser reports that the project to rehabilitate the Quarry Exhibit Hall and construct a new visitor center is proceeding on schedule.
A major component of the project is the protection of the fossil wall. Says paleontologist Dan Chure, "This is the first time that a building that protects fossils will be demolished over those fossils. So the project is of great interest to the scientific community."
Protecting the fossils will involve a system with a rope grid a few feet above the fossil wall and a composite mesh placed on top of the rope grid. Scaffolding will suspend the grid over the wall, and plywood panels will create a flat face in front of the fossil wall and a flat decking system above it.
The installation of the protective system is expected to take about 30 days.
Did You Know?
Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.