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Columbian Mammoth and baby.

Bronze Statue of Big Mammoth Mom and Baby

Field review by the editors.

Lubbock, Texas

Pity the poor Columbian Mammoth. Even though they were bigger than Woolly Mammoths -- which you see in nearly every caveman video and Creationist museum diorama -- they're mostly forgotten. That's because Columbian Mammoths look pretty much like modern-day elephants, only larger.

Also, every single one of them is dead.

Your rare chance to see a Columbian Mammoth is outside the Interpretive Center at Lubbock Lake Landmark State Park, where a life-size, 11-foot-tall mammoth mom and baby have been reproduced in bronze. If you visit and take a photo, your Facebook friends will probably comment, "Awesome elephant!!!," but you can correct them.

Elsewhere in the park is a bronze statue of an extinct giant armadillo, and inside the Interpretive Center (open Tu-Sa 9-5 and Su 1-5) is a bloody wax diorama of Indians skinning a buffalo.

Bronze Statue of Big Mammoth Mom and Baby

Landmark Drive, Lubbock, TX
Northwest edge of the city. Overlooks the Interpretive Center at Lubbock Lake Landmark State Park, which is just northwest of the Hwy 289 beltway where it intersects with US 84/Clovis Rd.
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