Ice age visitor center officially opens in Tualatin

The famed Tualatin mastodon, which was unearthed in 1962 near what is now the Tualatin Fred Meyer, is one of the exhibits those visiting the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail temporary visitors center can see.

The prehistoric past can perk up the present.

When woolly mammoth bones were found in my hometown in Wisconsin years ago, they became the centerpiece of one of our local museums. Today, they continue to attract visitors and serve as one of the city’s informal symbols.

Adam Larson is a contributor to Writers on the Range,, an independent nonprofit dedicated to spurring lively conversation about the West. He is a former editor of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center’s newsletter.

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