History: Treasure trove | AspenTimes.com

History: Treasure trove

In 1940, a few years after the new highway was surveyed at the intersection of Brush Creek and Highway 82, the paper reported, “County Road Men Find Fossils at Cozy Point.”

“Henry Sievers and George Reichert, county road workers report they have found numerous fossils in the shale banks at Cozy Point, near the Weise ranch and they have brought a few specimen to town to exhibit. Fossil remains were first discovered at that place three years ago by surveyors, who were at that time surveying the new highway. The county men have recently uncovered more of the interesting specimen…..All kinds of fish, birds, snakes and off looking sea creatures that were on earth hundreds of years ago could be seen in the rocks and shale, but it is impossible to remove them without breakage. This vicinity was probably under water at one time and the sea creatures were buried in the shale, possibly by volcanic eruption,” the papers speculated.

The photograph shows a man excavating a fossil near Snowmass Creek in May 1967. This fossil is now in the collection of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.


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