Another unique concept we see while traveling through Canon City, Colorado is ———wait for it!
Public art of dinosaurs?
Yep, and a long-horn sheep. Colorful at that.
Canon City even has a Dino Daze Instagram Contest to find the 11 sculptures around town. Details are at http://www.canoncity.org/residents/public_art.php.
I wondered why the sculptures are placed around – particularly dinos? As I researched a little further, I noticed the Colorado area is known for dinosaur fossils.
According to the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, fossils of well-known species of large dinosaurs have been discovered in this area over the last 120 years. Many of the dinosaur fossils discovered at Garden Park area are on exhibit at museums around the country, including the Denver Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Fossils of two-legged, plant-eating dinosaurs, dinosaur eggs, and dinosaur tracks have also been discovered in the Garden Park Fossil Area. In addition to dinosaur bones, Garden Park contains 2 significant, rare plant species, Brandegee wild buckwheat and inch milkweed.
Garden Park is a BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Area of Critical Environmental Concern, a Colorado Research Natural Area, and a National Natural Landmark. More information is available at https://www.blm.gov/visit/garden-park-fossil-area.
Glad you are with me as we experience this together.
Blessings along the way!