The Randolph Mammoth Returns to Cattaraugus County!

News from Museum, Posted on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 2:20pm
Poster for the Grand Opening of Mammoth Event

Poster for the Grand Opening of Mammoth Event at the Cattaraugus County Museum

On Saturday, May 19 1934, workers using a power scraper to dig a new pond at the State Fish Hatchery just outside of Randolph unearthed remains of what was determined to be a Colombian mammoth; the first discovery of it's kind in our region.  After a few days of public viewing on site at the fish hatchery, the skull and tusks were sent to Albany to be treated and preserved and later placed on display at the State Museum.  The Cattaraugus County Museum is excited to announce that after an absence of over 80 years, the Randolph mammoth is returning to Cattaraugus County!  The remains of the mammoth will appear on loan by the State Museum in Albany for an exhibit slated to last for six months.  A grand opening celebration will take place on Saturday, August 6 featuring a talk given by Robert Feranec, the Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the State Museum in Albany.
    In preparation for this exhibit, we are seeking assistance from the public.  We are looking for photographs, written accounts, or even first hand accounts from anyone who saw the mammoth at the time of it's discovery.  Anyone who has anything to share are encouraged to contact the museum.  We can be reached by phone at 716-353-8200, email at bjmcclellan [at] cattco [dot] org, on our Facebook page, or at our website at www.CattCo.org/museum/contact.  
     Details on the grand opening celebration will be released shortly.  This will be a very exciting exhibit, so be sure to stop by and see it!  The Cattaraugus County Museum is located in the Stone House, 9824 Rt. 16 in Machias.