Boaz Mastodon

Boaz Mastodon (HMCDP)

Location: Richland Center, WI 53581 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 20.585', W 90° 30.22'

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In 1897, after a severe rainstorm in Richland County, farm boys Chris, Harry, Clyde and Verne Dosch found large bones sticking out of an eroded bank on a tributary of Mill Creek near Boaz. The bones were later identified as those of the extinct American Mastodon, a large, hairy animal, nine feet tall and weighing eight tons, related to modern elephants. This was the first recorded discovery of mastodon bones in Wisconsin. Mastodons lived in North America from Florida to Alaska during cool, wet times dominated by spruce forests. They had moved into Wisconsin after the last glacial retreat about 13,000 years ago and lived here for the next 4,000 years, when they became extinct. A fluted quartzite spear point found near the bones suggests that humans also arrived in Wisconsin shortly after the glacial retreat and may have hunted these animals for food. The assembled Boaz Mastodon skeleton is on exhibit at the Geology Museum, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number326
Year Placed1995
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 9:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 702340 N 4801941
Decimal Degrees43.34308333, -90.50366667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 20.585', W 90° 30.22'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 20' 35.10" N, 90° 30' 13.20" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-58 Unnamed Road, Richland Center WI 53581, US
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