As I’ve been researching Marshall P Felch (FamilySearch: L7PD-KY3), one of my most surprising discoveries was that he discovered dinosaur bones while living in Colorado! There are several resources that discuss his dinosaur quarry.
- Garden Park Fossil Area Website – This is a great resource that contains letters that were written between Marshall and Othniel Marsh, a paleontologist. You will find maps and pictures of the quarry where he worked.
- The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush – This is a Google Book that mentions Marshall leasing his land to a dinosaur hunter for $25 per month. It also mentions that his brother Henry was involved in the excavating of dinosaur bones.
- Classic Concepts and New Directions: Exploring 125 Years of GSA Discoveries – Gives further details about his quarry and has a picture of his cabin.
Marshall’s ghost stories would have made him a very interesting ancestor by themselves, but add the fact that he was a dinosaur fossil hunter on top of that makes him a fascinating individual.