Recently Bruce Schumacher (Forest Service Paleontologist at La Junta) discovered a mammoth (Mammuthus sp.) tibia weathering out of a cliff near Red Creek near Wetmore!
It was found on top of green/gray Morrison mudstones in colluvium deposits. Age range is 5 my to 10-12 thousand years. It was prepped at La Junta.
The Wetmore mammoth bone is on display at BLM in Canon City, then will be moved to the Royal Gorge Regional Museum after Thanksgiving.
RECENTLY DISCOVERED FOSSIL MAMMOTH BONE ON DISPLAY IN CANON CITY
CANON CITY, Colo. – A fossil mammoth tibia (lower leg bone) was discovered on the San Isabel National Forest in July, 2015. It is currently on display through November 25 in the Canon City BLM/USFS field office.
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) soils scientist Steve Sanchez noticed prominent sedimentary rock layers in the area which might contain dinosaur tracks. Bruce Schumacher, a paleontologist for the USFS Rocky Mountain Region followed up on the information and it led to the fossil discovery.
According to Schumacher, “The geology of this area is dominated by Jurassic and Early Cretaceous rock formations (100 – 150 million years old) and so I was expecting to see evidence of dinosaur bones or tracks. When I first spotted the fossil from a long distance, I assumed it was a large dinosaur limb bone, especially since it was exposed in red claystone sediments like the Morrison Formation. Close inspection revealed that the bone was definitely that of a large mammal.”
Schumacher added, “In some respects, the discovery of an ‘elephant’ on the Forest is so much more meaningful than that of a dinosaur. We know that mammoths were around recently enough to share the same landscape that we know today. Imagine a herd of mammoths with Spanish Peaks on the horizon”.
The fossil mammoth bone will be moved to the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center for long-term display this winter. San Carlos District Ranger Paul Crespin said, “I’m very pleased to work with our local Museum to keep this here locally where it was found.”
The mammoth bone was deposited by stream action on top of the dinosaur-bearing Morrison Formation, and was then covered by Pleistocene flood and rockfall deposits. The bone was found in what are likely Pleistocene aged gravel deposits that can be up to 1 million years or more in age. This time period includes the beginning of the ice age, a time when large mammals commonly referred to as “Megafauna” roamed the earth. A typical mammoth would have stood about nine feet tall at its shoulder, and is most closely related to Asian elephants of today.
Born to George and Phyllis (Porter) Sweeten of Wetmore, Colorado, on September 13, 1930. Both George and Phyllis were descendants of Wetmore pioneers and homesteaders. Jeannie's father died of polio in 1933. In 1936, her mother married Louis Camerlo and moved the family to Florence, Colorado. Jeannie attended Emerson grade school in Florence and was a high school graduate of Saint Scholastica Academy in Canon City. In 1948, Jeannie was named Miss Royal George Round Up. She and two other local beauty queens traveled to Hollywood with newspaper editor Doc Little to bring back the film "Canon City" for the premiere showing in Canon City on July 2, 1948. In 1949 Jeannie became a flight attendant for Continental Airlines, where she met her husband Richard Culpin, whom she married in 1952. They had five children together. Richard Culpin was an executive with the Jergens Company in Cincinnati, Ohio where they lived for 26 years. During Rich's career and following his retirement Jeannie and Rich were able to travel extensively. After her children were grown, Jeannie went back to school and received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters Degree from St. Mary's Seminary in Cincinnati. Following Rich's retirement in 1990 they moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where they lived for 10 years. In 2000 the couple returned to the mountains of Colorado and built their home in the Adobe Creek Ranch area near Wetmore, not far from her ancestor's homesteads. In 2004 her husband died. In 2007 Jeannie was one of the founders of the Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical & Historical Society. Later that year she purchased the Wetmore Post Office in downtown Wetmore and started on her dream project of restoring the building and using a portion of the building for the Historical Society. With the help of many, the project was completed in 2008. The building was designated as a historical structure by both the Colorado and National Historical Societies. In 2012 Jeannie received the Doc Little award for her role in preserving the area's history. Jeannie was preceded in her death by her son, Mark in 1971, and her husband, Richard in 2004. Her surviving children are Kathleen Ebeling (Steve), Rebecca Reynolds (Barry), Deborah Jolly (Russ), and Kenneth Culpin (Nicole), four grandchildren, Joshua and Daniel Ebeling, Jessica and Erin Reynolds. Her brother, George (Sonny) Sweeten and two half brothers, Ed and David Camerlo. Jeannie was baptized, received her first communion and confirmation all at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Florence, Colorado. Jeannie will have her eternal resting place beside both her husband and son in New Hope Cemetery in Wetmore, Colorado. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 622 West 2nd Street, Florence, Colorado, at 10:00 AM on Monday October 12, 2015. Grave Site service at New Hope Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon at The Wetmore Community Center following the Grave Site service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical & Historical Society, P.O. Box 211, Wetmore, Colorado, 81253. Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home. Online Condolences at harwoodfunerals.com.
Published in www.canoncitydailyrecord.com on Oct. 12, 2015
It is with great sorrow to announce that our dear friend and founder, Jeannie Sweeten Culpin, has died. Jeannie went to heaven last night (October 8th) and is finally at peace.
Jeannie's memorial service will be Monday, October 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Florence, Colorado (619 West 2nd St.). Interment will be at New Hope Cemetery following the church service. The family will then gather at the Wetmore Community Center for a reception to celebrate Jeannie's life.
You may send cards of sympathy to: The Jeannie Culpin Family, % Kathy Ebeling, 809 Meadow Run, Golden, Colorado 80403.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations to the Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical & Historical Society would be welcomed. Address: WHGHS, PO Box 211, Wetmore, CO 81253.
I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13
We had changed the October meeting to the 24th due to a conflict with the Fremont County Heritage Festival.
However, I have an opportunity to go to CA to see my 2 great-granddaughters on that weekend. So......our next meeting will be November 14th!
A couple of things you need to know: 1. Sandra and Anne will work together on the wording of recipe reminder cards. Postcard will be a bright and friendly reminder to submit a Wetmore recipe for our fundraiser “Grandmothers’ Cookbook.” Postcards to be mailed January 2016. Deadline to submit recipes February 2016. Print date will be April 2016, irregardless of the number of recipes received.
2. No meetings in December or January.
3. Kiosk #3 meeting will be October 8, 10 a.m., Historical Society.
4.We accept 2016 dues beginning in November. Individual is $10, family is $15, single lifetime is $100, family lifetime (2 spouses plus children under 18) is $150.
Hope everyone had a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend.
Our meeting will be this Saturday, September 12th @ 10 a.m., in the History Center meeting room.
Mainly, we need to approve payment of a couple of bills from last month's Social and the invoice/sale of 2 t-shirts. We would like an update on the Walking Tour and Grandmothers' Cookbook to the group attending. Would you like a program on the Goodnight Barn in October or November? Laurel said they'd come back to give one. Two fundraisers for the Barn are coming up:
Also another fundraiser for the Barn:
On October 17th at 4 p.m., the Committee will be hosting the 2nd Annual Goodnight Trail Western Art Auction and Sale, with many well-known local and national western artists. Paintings, sculpture, c. 1900 Ganado Navajo rug (it's red!), jewelry and more! Event is free. It will be held at the El Pueblo Museum, hosted by the Committee.
WHGHS October meeting will be on the 24th due to conflicts with activities scheduled for the Fremont County Heritage Festival. Please note this change on your calendars.
A fun time was had by all at the recent ice cream social hosted by the WHG&HS at the Pavilion at Trinity Ranch in Wetmore.
Around 40 people enjoyed ice cream and music by Cowboy Musician, Clint Carr. Dr. Hamilton gave a very interesting talk about the history of Trinity Ranch, along with information about Charles Goodnight who owned property and ran cattle in and around the Babcock Hole area of Wetmore and in Pueblo. Members of the Goodnight Barn Preservation Committee were also in attendance and talked more about Goodnight and the effort to preserve his barn located just outside of Pueblo.
It was a beautiful day in a beautiful location. Thank you to Dr. and Joan Hamilton for their hospitality.
The old lodge used for guests attending the Trinity Ranch Summer Camp. The lodge is now a private residence and is being renovated.