Mammoth National Monument Site Waco Texas

Jun 13

Mammoth National Monument Site Waco Texas

Scott and I visited the Waco Mammoth National Monument site a few months ago. We learned a lot about Waco and what happened to these mammoths that were found here.

The mammoth site features bones of several mammoths and unknown animals in-situ, or in the place where they were found. Several reviews of the site say it’s just “a hole in the ground,” but it’s so much more. It’s a history of a moment in time where these wonderful animals roamed the area. It’s the history of the flash flood that took their lives. It’s the history of Waco, Texas, before there was a city or a state here.

The mammoths found at the Waco monument are not wooly mammoths. They are possibly a family of Columbian mammoths who lived in North America approximately 67,000 years ago. The largest mammoth is a male the staff has named Quincy because he’s exhibit Q at the site.

Quincy Mammoth Excavation

There are two juvenile mammoths near Quincy and a female was found a few feet away. A camel and a few other unknown animals were found during the excavation.

The site was originally found in 1978 when two friends were hunting snacks and looking for arrowheads near the Bosque River, one of the two rivers that flows near the city of Waco, Texas. They found a large bone that had been eroded away from a hillside. They took the bone to nearby Baylor University, where it was identified. They have found up to 16 mammoths at the site. At first, it was believed that all of the animals had died at one time in one events, but now it’s believed that several flood events happened in the same area and the animals died at different times, starting with a nursery herd of 19 mammoths.

unidentified animals in excavation site

 

Mural of the mammoth herd

Mural of the mammoth herd

mammoth excavation

Juvenile mammoths

Juvenile mammoths

Female mammoth found nearby

Female mammoth found nearby

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Excavation3

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excavation site

Camel that was found with the herd

Camel that was found with the herd

If you’re traveling through Waco and maybe going to Glen Rose to see the dinosaur tracks, be sure to stop by the Mammoth Site. It’s affordable and interesting. The guides are very knowledgeable and since the tours are usually very small, they have time to answer all of your questions. There are benches on the trail and picnic tables and restrooms at the main center / gift shop. There aren’t any restrooms after you leave the main building.

The details:

The site is located on Steinbeck Drive in Waco, Texas.  The site is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9am – 5pm. The site is closed on Sunday and Monday. The tour costs $5.00 with discounts given for seniors and children. The only way to see the bones is with the guided tour. A National Park Pass doesn’t apply to tour fees.

There is plenty of parking and a dog walking area. The path to the building where the bones are is paved and accessible by wheelchair and scooter. There aren’t any steps to the building and there’s plenty of room to move around and see the bones.

Have you been to the Waco Mammoth Site? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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