Montana – In search of dinosaur fossils and gold from Missouri River to Zortman

Montana – In search of dinosaur fossils and gold from Missouri River to Zortman

Panning for gold.Montana.Tonya Fitzpatrick

Aired on September 5, 2015

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Tonya setting plaster cast on new dinosaur fossil.  Photo:  Ian Fitzpatrick

World Footprints takes you on a unique journey as we explore the life and work of a paleontologist.   We’ll travel through Montana’s Missouri River Country to search for dinosaur bones and we’ll spend time to pan for gold. 

First, we’ll go in search of Carl the Dinosaur with the help of Dave Trexler and Sue Frary of the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station as they take us digging for dinosaur bones.  We’ll introduce you to Brenda Koss, whose family-owned ranch has produced some major dinosaur fossils, including one discovered by her daughter Kennedy.  

Then it’s off to Zortman, an interesting gold rush era town nestled in Montana’s Little Rocky Mountains that’s filled with lot of character and characters alike. Zortman is a historic mining town, nestled in the Little Rocky Mountains, offering a good base for camping, hiking, gold panning, hunting and trail rides. . And we’ll learn about this quirky place from one of the town’s resident entrepreneurs, John Kalal.

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