The foundation of the Gray Fossil Site museum
There is such a wealth of data and specimens that are still being combed over by an army of scientists and students. Martin Kohl on his website for Gray describes the discovery as follows:
- The Gray fossil site is located in Washington County near the community of Gray, Tennessee. Tennessee Department of Transportation geologist Larry Bolt first noticed the unusual geology in excavations during realignment and widening of State Route 75. No one in his office or on the construction crews had seen anything like it anywhere in the region. He brought samples of the black and gray layered clays to the Tennessee Division of Geology's Knoxville office, which led to the cooperative excursion May 31, 2000, before bulldozers removed any more of the material
So, in commemoration of my father being the head Geologist who first noticed the site, I have made a T-shirt in honor of the rewards I have milked from the publicity, which is to say, none. I am trying to petition the Museum to sell these shirts in their gift shop but all I get is some kinda of angry man who says he's a lawyer and tells me to stop calling. Grumpy old guy! East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has done a great job at preserving the site, so be sure to stop at their website for more information on the subject. And keep an eye out in the gift shop for my shirt!