History & Culture

Image of the Cant family in a portrait.
The Cant Family were early sheep ranchers in the John Day Valley. Their house is now the monument's headquarters and cultural history museum.

Discover the amazing history of paleontology in the John Day Fossil Beds by downloading The Fossil Frontier, a pdf document, also available at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center.

Fossils may have been the reason that John Day Fossil Beds National Monument was established, but the human story goes back thousands of years and many people call this place home. Finished in the year 2000, a comprehensive book commissioned by the National Park Service explores the regional history that intersects with the monument. Read Rocks and Hard Places by Stephen Dow Beckham with Florence K. LentzClick. Navigate by chapter to read more on the amazing human stories of the John Day country.

Last updated: February 13, 2017

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