In celebration of National Tourism Week, See America Day, and Utah Prehistory Week, the Energy Loop: Huntington and Eccles Canyons National Scenic Byways is working in conjunction with the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum to make a memorable experience.
The famous Huntington Mammoth discovery of August 8, 1988 was found on what is now our national scenic byway. According to Joan Taylor, Coordinator Energy Loop: Huntington and Eccles Canyons Scenic Byways Castle Country Travel Region, this is the 15th anniversary of the discovery of the Mammoth,. "We have personalized a mammoth design sketched by Denise Thayn for the "See America Day" bookmarks to highlight that discovery," explains Taylor.
May 9 will start off the celebration with a "Mammoth Feast" at the College of Eastern Utah where the fare will include "rump of Mammoth", "swamp swill", "cattail salad", and the bookmarks will be used as favors.
An informative display of actual excavation photos and information on the Huntington Mammoth will be featured. On May 10, the bookmarks will also be distributed to the public at the annual Utah Prehistory Children's Day at the museum. According to Taylor, "It is a fun day which you will not want to miss!"
Highlighted will be flint knapping, jewelry exhibits, music groups, and hands-on projects. "We will be hosting a section in the museum which features a mural of the mammoth, including a variety of other animals of that period," she explains. There is also a life size skeletal mammoth display in the same area.
Byway brochures will be distributed, information will be given on the mural and how it relates to the energy aspects of the byway. The photo tour of the actual mammoth excavation will be shown. "This promises to be a "Mammoth Celebration!" says Taylor.