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Scenic Byways

Jana Abrams, scenic byways coordinator, reported that a grant has been secured to construct an interpretive site near the mammoth discovery location. The mammoth was discovered near Huntington Reservoir on Aug. 8, 1988. Since that time, the bones from the mammoth have been placed at the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum.

Abrams said that scenic byways has been coordinating with Bill Broadbear of the forest service, and the Huntington Cleveland Irrigation Company to bring about the interpretive site project. A kiosk will be constructed this season, with interpretive panels explaining and detailing the discovery of the mammoth sometime next season.

A trail will lead to the site from the parking lot near the Huntington Reservoir dam. The trail will be ADA accessible. Joe Venus, an artist who has painted scenes depicting the mammoth has given his permission to use his artwork on the interpretive panels.

Advertising will begin during the winter months for this new attraction, and Abrams hopes that it will help boost tourism in the area. She also noted that, sometime in the future, an interactive component will be added to the kiosk and interpretive panels.

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