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Fossils at Wheeler High School

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Amy M wrote a review Nov. 2020
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At first, it was difficult because we didn't know what we were looking for. With some help from an experienced fossil hunter, we quickly found several. Very fun!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Jo J wrote a review Oct. 2020
46 contributions26 helpful votes
When entering the small town of Fossil, the County Seat of Wheeler County, it took a while driving in circles to find the free dig site behind the Wheeler High School. A welcome relief was the port-a-potty in the parking lot of the School. The donation box is to the right of the trail up do the digging grounds. The trail is very thin as it head up to the hill. The digging site is fenced off and has signs of where not to dig. As this was my first trek for fossil hunting, I hammered away not knowing I was probably obliterating fossils. After a few hours I was hot, discouraged and ready to leave when a woman asked me what I had found. When I responded, “nothing” she produced her many finds. I parked where she led me and found myriad fossils but the rock was very fragile. I had been trying too hard – they were there for the picking. I stayed until nightfall and had a delightful first fossil hunting trip. So put your rock hammer away and enjoy the fossil finds at Fossil, Oregon.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Grichd wrote a review Jul. 2020
Inman, South Carolina42 contributions12 helpful votes
Very few places to dig for fossil. This is an easy place to dig. We found several nice specimens of leaf fossils. Bring a fine tool to split open the layers to open up to the fossil.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Michael G wrote a review Aug. 2019
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Fantastic fun ! I found more fossils than I could Carry ! You don’t need to work very hard and though some tools are provided, I would bring my own. A trowel, a brick hammer a screwdriver or a chisel and a brush will do everything you need to do. Dig down about 10” to 15” and you will hit a thin layer of limestone. Split that limestone lengthwise and the odds are high that you will find a prehistoric treasure !
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Traci S wrote a review Jul. 2019
Beaverton, Oregon332 contributions79 helpful votes
I had been here over 40 years ago for a middle school archeology field trip. I had wanted to go back ever since and was so disappointed in the fields, yes, I waited too long! When I was here the hill was covered with soft sand stone type rock and you could find an excellent fossil in no time or just picking up one already exposed. There is very little left, I saw people taking more than they were supposed to and now you have to dig into the hillside to try to unearth the fossils. It took awhile but found a somewhat decent fossil, not like the ones I have from years ago.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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