Perched atop the Texas Hill Country, Glen Rose draws people from across Texas to the crystal clear waters of the Paluxy River and the beautiful countryside.
Glen Rose, though, offers lovers of nature a resort, an oasis, from the fast-paced city life. Throughout the year Glen Rose offers everything from the premiere Passion Play in the Southwest, to beautiful parks and other outdoor event areas. Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs and experience them first hand — be sure and make Glen Rose a pla
ce to go and see in 2018.
In 1908, a flood roared down the Paluxy and scoured the riverbed. About a year later, nine-year old George Adams discovered large three toed theropod (carnivorous, Acrocanthosaurus) tracks in the river. Nearly twenty years later a fossil collector for the American Museum of Natural History in New York was amazed to see sauropod tracks alongside the theropod tracks.
In 1972, the 1,587-acre site became Dinosaur Valley State Park and their mission was to preserve these valuable dinosaur tracks sites and allow people to learn from and enjoy them. The National Park Service has designated this park as a National Natural Landmark because of the outstanding display of dinosaur tracks.
At the entrance of the park you will see a 70-foot model of the Apatosaurus and a 45-foot model of the T-Rex that were on display at the 1964-65 New York’s World’s Fair. They were donated to the park in 1970. Tracks from the park can be seen at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin. Dinosaur prints can still be seen in the riverbed and there many fossils around the banks as well.
Glen Rose also is known for its devotion to telling the whole story of creation, and the Creation Evidence Museum helps tell the story of how it all began.
The museum was founded in 1984 as a 501©3 by Director Carl Baugh. In 1990, Dr. Baugh was Co-Director of a research team (along with Dr. Don Shockey) searching for Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat in Turkey. He personally negotiated a 49-year lease of Mt. Ararat with the Turkish government during the administration of President Uzal. He led three scientific expeditions into the rainforests of Papua New Guinea in search of living pterodactyls; along with missionary Jim Blume, he is recognized by current living-pterosaur investigators as a pioneer in this research. He was the excavation director of sixteen dinosaurs, including Acrocanthosaurus in Texas and Diplodocus in Colorado.
With Dr. Baugh’s experience in searching for Noah’s Ark, he directed to construction of the 25-foot replica of the Ark at the Creation Evidence Museum. He also holds a U.S. Patent on the gopher wood process. Visitors can look at the Ark for hours, looking in to every nook and cranny to see how the family lived along with the animals. This is your chance to see what the Ark actually looked like, how was the Ark ventilated, how did humans avoid the dangers of toxic or explosive gases from the animals, did the animals hibernate, how was the Ark illuminated and how they got fresh water.
Of course the museum is home to some nice dinosaur bones. The museum also hosts a Public Dinosaur Track Excavation one week in the summer. While you are there visitors can learn about the different layers of soil and what time periods they represent. There are leg bones and footprints of different dinosaurs that Dr. Baugh has uncovered in his digs.
Once inside, guests can explore a replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press. Johannes Gutenberg was also responsible for the Gutenberg Bible. On September 30, 1452, the Gutenberg Bible was published becoming the first book to be published in volume.
The Creation Evidence Museum also is home to many Native American Indian artifacts. It also displays one of Sitting Bull’s dress regalia’s. There are many artifacts and scrolls from Israel. The famous sculptor, Roberts Summers, lives in Glen Rose and created the Tom Landry Bronze. The clay model that the bronze was cast from is also on display at the museum.
There are many different programs and shows that represent Christianity and the Creation. Holographic and miniature bibles have been a part of the traveling shows that frequent the museum. If you are interested in Creation and the Bible then the Creation Evidence is a must see for your vacation.
Glen Rose also offers Fossil Rim Park, Dinosaur World — a fun stop for the kids and a chance to experience the enormity of dinosaurs up close; and many more events throughout the year. Head to Glen Rose in the fall as The Promise will begin its 31st this fall as it presents the story of Jesus Christ on the beautiful hills of the Texas Hill Country. Visit their website at www.thepromiseglenrose.com for news and schedules and how you can help keep the production going for another 30 years.
For more on all the things to see and do around Glen Rose, visit the Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce at www.glenrosechamber.org.
Story information provided by Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce
Photography by Mission St. Photography