Mastodon bones on display at History Center


By Alberta Stojkovic - For The Sentinel



Several of the mastodon bones along with teeth from the site near Johnsville are on display at the Morrow County History Center in November on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m.

Several of the mastodon bones along with teeth from the site near Johnsville are on display at the Morrow County History Center in November on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m.


Courtesy photo

MOUNT GILEAD — A new display of the mastodon bones found near Johnsville can be viewed through November at the Morrow County History Center from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays.

The bones were found in 2013 when a landowner’s backhoe dug up an enormous tooth in his field.

The discovery received a lot of interest from archeologists. Professional and amateur archeologists visited the site from nine colleges and several states.

The mastodon was probably about 40 years old at the time of its death, which occurred about 12,000 years ago.

Morrow County Historical Society member Phylis Miller said much of the display set up was completed by Barbara Brewer and Ellen McMurray.

Other exhibits in the History Center include veteran and military displays, a one-room school exhibit, a medical room and Rumrill pottery display. r

The History Center will be open Sundays through November from 2-4 p.m. and also on Friday, Dec. 3, beginning at 5 p.m. and during the Christmas parade and festivities.

The historical Cross House will also be open on December 3 at 5 p.m. and during the parade. The Cross House will be decorated for Christmas with the parade theme “An old-fashioned Christmas.”

The History Center will then close through the winter months. During the winter, Historical Society member can provide tours for groups such as school classes, scouts and reunion groups.

For information about tours or the Historical Society, contact Miller at 419-946-7264.

Several of the mastodon bones along with teeth from the site near Johnsville are on display at the Morrow County History Center in November on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m.
https://www.morrowcountysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2021/11/web1_IMG_20211111_113321.jpgSeveral of the mastodon bones along with teeth from the site near Johnsville are on display at the Morrow County History Center in November on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. Courtesy photo

By Alberta Stojkovic

For The Sentinel