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Prehistoric tusk discovered in area in 1925 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

After the stegomastodon excavation in a gravel pit southeast of Holyoke last summer, anything dealing with prehistoric fossils is bound to grab some attention. It’s not every day fossils are found in Holyoke’s backyard!

Newspaper staff members were excited to see a small article in a 1925 Phillips County Herald about a massive tusk found in northeast Colorado. The “News of Our Neighbors” section relayed the news of the interesting fossils discovered in a gravel pit east of Eckley in Yuma County.
 

Big Tusk Found
Phillips County Herald
June 4, 1925

A big tusk, undoubtedly marking the final resting place of some prehistoric animal of enormous size, was unearthed in the gravel pit east of Eckley last week. Road workers were breaking up and hauling out gravel when the bit of the fresno struck a hard substance.

Digging it out it was found to be a mammoth tusk over five feet in length and measuring eight inches through at the butt. Another bone, having the appearance of a massive rib, was also found nearby.

The place where the find was made was in the bottom of the pit more than 12 feet below the surface. Both tusk and rib were crumbly, but their shape was perfect until disturbed. Workmen believe other finds of the animal will be made there, possibly teeth which they hope will be in a better state of preservation.


Holyoke Enterprise February 2, 2012