Sunday, September 9, 2012

Mammoths in Roxborough? Who Knew?

Ken and I moved to Roxborough Park in 1985. Roxborough Park is south of the Denver Metro area in the foothills to the Rockies. It is a beautiful area with red rocks formations, wildlife from mountain lions, coyotes, and bears to raccoons and skunks, and breath-taking scenery. We have hiked the foothills, bicycled up Waterton Canyon, and cross-country skied across the prairie land. Our property backs up to the Pike National Forest, and we can sit on our deck and see downtown Denver, Chatfield Reservoir, Arrowhead Golf Course, and Roxborough State Park. Our summers are filled with hummingbirds and our winters are filled with hundreds of birds and jays.

We have also traveled all over the western United States with our boys going to similar digs such as Hot Springs in South Dakota, Dinosaur in northwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde in Colorado, Hovensweep in Utah, Head-Smashed-In and Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta Canada.

The dig is now covered to protect it, but plans are to
put up a building over the dig.
So how come we didn't know we were within 4 miles of an archaeological dig that uncovered 33 mammoth skeletons?  Lamb Springs is over 40 acres in the grassland prairie to the north of Roxborough, and we drive by it several times a week.

I can see my house from here! It's south of Lamb Spring.
On Saturday (Sept. 8), we attended a lecture about the history of Lamb Spring at the Roxborough Library followed by a visit to the site. If you get a chance, sign up for the tour on the website and spend a morning going back in time with the mammoth hunters. It is well-worth your time!!

The Lockheed Martin plant is directly west of Lamb Spring.

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