Diggin’ With Dad


Community again invited to roam with the dinos

Abby Gray for NLJ

For over 20 years, the community has been invited out to the Hanson Ranch, south of Newcastle, to scope out the dinosaur bones dug out from the area, as each year on Father’s Day, Vern and Carolyn Johnson welcome community members out to their land with open arms to share the awe-inspiring and unimaginable feat that is the bones scattered across their land.

The event on Father’s Day consists of an open house in the “main quarry,” where lots of bones from many different kinds of dinosaurs are located. Those who choose to attend the open house will travel about 3.5 to 4.5 miles from the Johnson’s home, where they will uncover a rich history of the area and the bones unearthed.


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