Gainesville, Florida: The Turlington Turd

Called "potato rock" by self-censoring press, the Turd is a 10 ton boulder of lumpy chert donated to the University at Gainesville by the Florida Crushed Stone Company. It's baffled students, who coined its scatological nickname, since 1984.

Address:
330 Newell Drive, Gainesville, FL
Directions:
On the campus of the University of Florida, outside the entrance to Turlington Hall. I-75 exit 387. drive east on Hwy 26/Newberry Rd for 4.5 miles. Turn right at the stoplight onto Buckman Drive. Drive south a quarter-mile. Turn left onto Union Rd. Drive one block. Turn right at the stop sign onto Newell Drive. Drive a half-block. You'll see the round windows of Turlington Hall on the right, and just past them, in a little plaza, stands the Turd.
Admission:
Free
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The Turlington Turd.

The Turlington Turd

Strange name, but we went looking for it. For whatever reason we thought that it wouldn't be bad to go to the campus on a Sunday. We were wrong. Kids everywhere. Lots of one-way streets. When we found it we couldn't park anywhere, so we drove back around and took our pictures. The campus was under a lot of construction.

[bordeauxbarb, 01/29/2022]

Turlington Turd.

The Turlington Turd

The boulder is made of limestone and sea shells.

[Miguel, 09/08/2018]

A scatalogical nickname for a landscape feature passed by generations of students attending class in Florida University at Gainesville's Turlington Hall.


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