• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

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People

Humans have been fascinated by the Florissant valley for thousands of years. The first people to discover the fossils were the native peoples of the area. Homesteaders and settlers came to the valley in the late 1800s as well as scientists. For many decades the valley was the location for several commercial quarry and tourist operations. In the summer of 1969 a legal battled ensued, involving citizens and scientists, which resulted in the creation of the Monument.

Did You Know?

Historic photograph of tourists in the late 1800's fossil hunting near a train

The area now known as Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument had become a popular tourist area by the 1870's.