Trunkations

Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com



« | Main | »

Utah Dino Dig Still Boned

The switchback queue line of time is long. That may mean little to a dinosaur bone, but it means a lot to us. Yet we may become fossils ourselves before the Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah is reopened to the public.

The Center, famous for enclosing a cliff face of dinosaur bones on which paleontologists could often be seen at work, was abruptly closed in 2006. The government says that the structure is unstable, and poses a menace to humans and bones alike. “Floors are heaving, door frames have moved, and structural steel supports over the fossils have separated from support columns,” according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. But the bones have withstood planet-shaping forces since before the dawn of time — how much of a threat could there be even if the building fell on top of them?

As for the building: the article says that the National Parks Service is just now getting around to figuring out when the money will be available to start fixing it — which reportedly won’t be until 2011. When will the repairs actually begin? When will the Center reopen? Those far-off years aren’t even on the radar.

Does Jerry Chubbuck shut down his Wonder Tower because its stairs are a little rickety? Heck no. Does the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary ban visitors just because it’s crumbling? Nah — it makes them sign a waiver and then lets ’em in.

Face it, National Parks Service — at some point the ruins of the Visitor Center become historical and as interesting to future civilizations as the scraps of the extinct creatures contained within. All it needs is a couple of paleontologist and park ranger skeletons tossed in for context….

Sections: Attraction News Comments Off on Utah Dino Dig Still Boned

Discussion is closed.

Recent Posts

Archives



February 24, 2024

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Congressional Cemetery: A Not-Grave Graveyard, Washington, DC (Feb 19-25, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings