Drumheller and Dinosaurs

On Day 15 of our trip, we headed from Miquelon Provincial Park to Dinosaur RV Park in Drumheller, AB.  We traveled on the Boomtown Trail (AKA the Architecture Alley) , which is about 222 miles long.  The route took us through rolling green hills of farmland and oil wells.  The roads are really bumpy because they haven’t fixed them from the winter snows.  We were driving on a long, straight road and we came across this big downward area, and then back up the other side.  Very strange.

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We arrived at the campground in Drumheller and were placed in a section all together, and away from other people.  Unfortunately it was situated at the corner of two streets, one the major one into the town, so kind of noisy.

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We stayed here three days and on the first day we took a 3 hour bus tour around the area to get familiar with what Drumheller had to offer.  First thing we came across was Sadie’s next mode of transportation!!!

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Driving on we came upon the Little Church.  It was so cute from the outside and when you opened the doors there are a pulpit and little pews.

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We then went on a cool ferry that crossed the Red Deer River.  This was quite an interesting thing to see.

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The Drumheller Hoodoos  were our next stop.  They are geological wonders that have stood watch at the mouth of Willow Creek Coulee for thousands of years, bearing witness to the people and events that shaped the Red Deer River valley, and Alberta.  Quite an interesting site.

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Another stop was at The Star Mine Suspension Bridge.  This was different from suspension bridges I have been on before.  In 1931 the original swinging bridge was constructed and although winds and floods made crossing hazardous at times, it was used by the miners until 1957.  When the mine was closed a year later, a  large mass of shale, rock and dirt slid over the mine workings.  In 1958 to commemorate the colorful mining history of the Drumheller Valley, the Alberta government rebuilt and continues to maintain the suspension bridge for public use.

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Drumheller is the area where Dinosaurs used to roam and we saw evidence of that at the Royal Tyrelle Museum.  This was the most interesting museum I have ever been to.  I took so many pictures I would need a book to show you all of them so will give you an idea of the amazing dinosaurs we saw.

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 One gentleman was at a table explaining and showing how they treat dinosaur bones when they find them.  They put plaster of paris around the dirt surrounding the suspected bone, then burlap.  Then they bring it back to the museum and pick at the dirt very carefully, then brush the dirt away until they can get to the bone and eventually identify what dinosaur it came from.

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Here is the history of how the Royal Tyrelle Museum got started.

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Anyone that is interested in dinosaurs, this place is a must see.

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