I am a Heritage tourist. I plan our adventures.
I pack a picnic basket and an overnight bag.
I pack our books and our cameras.
My husband plots our route always leaving room for serendipity.
Not only is this site an important paleontological site
but also a significant archaeological site.
I am interested in learning about those that were here before me.
The museum tells the natural and cultural story of this ancient site.
Hiking trails lead to the Bone Bed.
The history of this area includes a limestone-quarry
and many amateur excavations.
I was amazed by the rocks.
Ferns and other flora were growing right out of the rocks.
The Purple Cliff-Brake Fern is well named.
Along the trail information boards are set up.
I wonder how I fit in this history.
Stepping off the trail I was instantly part of this living diorama.
In the 1970's, during the construction of a near by interstate, public interest was revived in the Kimmswick Bone Bed. Preserving the bone bed became a mission for many local people who understood the importance of this site. In 1976 the Missouri Department of Natural Resources purchased 418 acres including the bone bed. In 1979 a "Clovis" type spear point was found in association with some mastodon bones. This find is a rare example of ice age Paleo-Indian Clovis culture ( over 10,000 years ago) hunting in this area. In 1987, the Kimmswick Bone Bed was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the trail I saw a Crow's feather.
Crow is always a teacher for me.
Near our car a Crow cawed.
There was just enough light left in the day to visit one more Historic site.
We drove south to the Trail of Tears.