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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.

330 Newell Drive, Gainesville, FL
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.
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The Turlington Turd

I am one of the two geology students that in 1984 prepared the Turd for mounting, by air-hammering all of the limestone off of the solid chert boulder. It is the largest chert boulder ever found in Florida.

[Robert Bass, 06/17/2024]

Another reason to appreciate the Turd!

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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