- Expedition to the Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada, by Barnum Brown. The party consisted of
Barnum Brown, in charge, A. F. Johnson and part of the season Wm. F. Stein. Brown stopped in Indiana
to see some mastodon remains found by Mr. Arthur Fry 2 2/1 mi. SE of Fulton, Fulton Co., IN. The
bones were disassociated and scattered over a considerable area and represented several individuals.
Brown purchased the lot for $200. He then made a reconnaissance trip through southern Alberta and
reached camp on the Red Deer on July 21st. Mr. Johnson, who lives in the area, had been instructed
to prospect a small area of exposures on Sand Creek that hadn't been worked in previous years. He
began to work on May 10th, locating a camp on the Red Deer River just above Sand Creek. Mr. Stein
left Basin, WY on July 21st and reached camp on July 28th. In the middle of Sept. a second camp was
established at a C. P. R. ditch-rider's house near the head of Sand Creek. They spent the entire
season working this one pocket of badlands. The Red Deer River was higher this year than any time
since this country had been settled.. The Sternberg, Ottawa Museum party consisted of 8 men working
in the Belly River Fm around and through the AMNH's territory and above Drumheller in the Edmonton Fm.
Both groups were fairly successful. Besides a good selection of dinosaurs, 2 large silicified tree trunks
and a big slab of fossil leaves were collected. They finished work on the Red Deer and loaded the box car
with 65 boxes on Oct. 21st, at which time Stein left for his home in WY. On Oct. 24th Brown and Johnson
started from Brooks for the Cretaceous of South Milk River, Blackfoot Reservation in northern
Montana, 120 miles distant. They crossed the Bow River at Bow island and the Belly River at Tabor and at
Chin Coulee separated. Johnson driving on to Webster's ranch on the Milk River, while Brown rode
east 90 miles to a small outcrop of Belly River rocks on Manyberries Creek. In this pocket of badlands
Jack McLean had located some bones and one lot turned out to be a skeleton with about 25 feet of
vertebral column of a carnivorous dinosaur. It was to late to uncover it, so it was left for another
season. Brown then joined Johnson at the Webster's ranch and they collected leaves from the mouth of
McDonald Creek in beds of questionable age. Proceeding across the boundary they entered the
Blackfoot Reservation and established camp on South Milk River in the big bend 4 miles S of the
international boundary line. Here there are bad land exposures chiefly grass covered but in places
bare and at least 1000 feet thick of uniform alternating sandstones and shales. The U.S.G.S. determined
them to be Judith River age, but stratigraphically and faunistically they are without a doubt Edmonton and
exactly like the Edmonton exposures at Sandstone, Alta. They opened one large quarry in shale
containing finely preserved bones, mostly small disassociated trachodonts and small ceratopsians and
collected several. While prospecting they located a large Saurolophus which could not be fully
determined because of the weather. During the last week one snow storm after the other came and the
temperature dropped to 4 degrees below zero. They covered specimens and broke camp on Nov. 17th.
1916. 2 skeletons of Pliohippus were purchased, one found by Harold J. Cook and one by E. L. Troxell.
Expedition to the Rocky Mountain Eocene, by Walter Granger. Mr. Wm. Stein was given 2 months
employment, without assistance, and was instructed to explore parts of Mouth Elk Creek that had not
been examined in former years and to reexamine the exposures of Clark Fork and Sand Coulee beds in the
southern part of the Clark Fork basin. Mr. Stein left his ranch near Otto on June 29th and went to South
Elk Creek where he remained for about 5 weeks, going then to the Clark Fork basin and finally closing
his work with the shipment of his collections on Aug. 22nd. The results from the Clark Fork was
meager, but these beds were very barren to begin with and had been gone over once or twice. On South
Elk Creek returns were far more satisfactory. A large collection of fragmentary mammals were
secured. Mr. Stein's one big find was a skeleton of Diatryma, found on South Elk Creek. Mr. Stein
returned to this locality in November to make an effort to secure the missing foot and sternum.
Considerable stripping was made and the area explored, but the only bones found were a quadrate, an
additional vertebra, and part of the axis and other fragments of ribs and vertebrae. The New Mexico-Colorado
(Paleocene). Messrs. Granger and Olsen left New York the second week of June and went directly to
Farmington, NM. The museum's camping outfit had been stored with Mr. Jack Martin since 1913. Mr.
Martin was engaged with his team and wagon. Proceeding up the Animas from Farmington the first
camp was made on June 23rd along the railway about a half mile below Aztec. The following day they
explored the long draw up which the Aztec-Bloomfield road passes. Torrejonian age mammals were
found. Both sides of the Animas Valley was examined but very little more was found. On June 30th the
camp was moved to Mr. J. W. Adair's ranch, 4 mi. above Aztec on the W side of the river. On the W
side of the valley there are great exposures of badlands, along the sides of 3 canyons putting in from
the west. Their local names are Bohannan, Tucker and Kiffin Canyons. Each of these canyons yields
Torrejon mammals, but with the exception of one small pocket on the S side of Bohannan Canyon,
about 2 miles above the mouth, fossils were found very sparingly. Bohannan is the southern most
canyon and empties into the Animas at the Adair ranch. July 13th the 3rd and last camp in the Animas Valley
was on the ranch of Mr. J. D. Gay, 2 mi. below Cedar Hill Station on the west side of the river. They
examined Leper Canyon and a short canyon emptying below the ranch. These were unusually barren.
A fair skull of Pantolambda was found in a large wash just below Cedar Hill. From Cedar Hill the party
went to a locality given by Mr. Gidley. This is 7 mi. to the S from Ignacio P. O. Camp was established
on the ranch of Mr. Peter Scott. There large deposits in this area but very few fossils. A fortunate
discovery of a microfauna was found in a lens of gray shale. The site is in a small, low-lying pocket of
badlands, on Section 20, about a mile E of Scott's Ranch. A second working camp in this unnamed
formation was made on the ranch of W. B. Chockley on the Piedras River about 2 mi. above Arboles.
The party then returned to Farmington. It was decided before leaving the San Juan area for good to
took over badlands at the head of Coots Canyon, near Angle Peak, and to revisit the Chico Springs
exposures. The outfit proceeded up Horn Canyon, crossed the divide at the head and made camp at a
spring near the edge of Coots Canyon. The head of Coots Canyon spreads out, fan-shaped, into an
enormous rincon of bad lands, Angel Peak rising from the eastern edge of the basin. It is the largest and
roughest area of Paleocene bad land exposures in the San Juan basin. Prospecting was carried on for
about a week. The formation was found to be Torrejon and the fossils, although not rare, were, for the
most part, extremely poorly preserved. It did not seem worth while to spend enough time to make a
complete and thorough survey. The visit to Chico Springs, where 2 days were spent, did not result in
finding any additional pockets. After finishing Chico Springs the party returned to Farmington, where
Mr. Martin was released and the camp equipment forwarded to Walsenburg, CO. Granger left on Sept,
13th and Mr. Olsen a day later. From Walsenburg Granger staged out to Gardner, and hired Mr. George J.
Ingraham as cook and teamster with his outfit. The first camp was made on Sept. 20th at the Meyer's
ranch on Muddy Creek. This is about 11 or 12 miles NW of Gardner. A week or so later camp was
moved to the mouth of Greaser Creek on Muddy Creek, about 2 mi. above Gardner. Mr. Granger left
this camp for the east on Oct. 12th. Mr. Olsen remained to complete some excavating and do some
preliminary prospecting for the next season. The work was closed on Oct. 27th and the museum's outfit
stored with Mr. Ingraham. The most important locality was the Huerfano-Muddy Creek divide, a mile or
2 or 3 mi. W of Gardner. Expedition of 1916 to the Pliocene of Western Nebraska, by Albert Thomson.
Mr. A. C. Whitford of the Univ. of Nebraska, assisted by Mr. George Stoll, was employed by AMNH to
do field work. Beginning April 1st in the vicinity of Alliance, NE, they worked the country to the west and
north of Alliance with very little result. About May 30th Thomson joined them, then located about 40 mi.
NE of Alliance near Box Butte Creek. 2 weeks later Dr. Matthew joined the party. A week later Dr.
Matthew and Thomson went down onto the Middle Loup River to explore an area that Dr. F. V. Hayden
had found Pliocene fossils in 1857. They had no success, so returned to Alliance. Whitford and Stoll
were instructed to go to east to Snake River in Cherry Co. and explore that region. Dr. Matthew and
Thomson went S to search along the North Platte River and its tributaries, making their first stop at
Bridgeport then E to Oshkosh. There they explored the Blue River where they found a few fragments
of rhinoceros and elephant, but not enough to justify sending a party. Their next point was Hershey were
they explored the Birdwood Creek country. They found one small exposure with horse and camel bones.
They went to North Platte City and looked into some canyons SE of the town, but like all the others they
were covered with grass and barren of fossils. They then went to Valentine, NE and joined Whitford and Stoll,
who had also had no success. They journeyed east to Springview, NE, where they prospected for a
week, but discovered nothing but a few scraps. Dr. Matthew and Whitford then went S to the Niobrara
River, while Stoll and Thomson prospected N and westward. Neither party met with any success. They
then decided to return to Agate Quarry. Dr. Matthew and Thomson traveled by rail, while Whitford and Stoll
were to go up to the Rosebud Indian Reservation and look over that country and later join the rest at Agate
Springs Quarry camp. Whitford and Stoll made this their headquarters and worked the Snake Creek beds
about 20 miles to the south, while Matthew and Thomson worked the quarry. Early in Aug. Dr. Matthew
returned to the museum. About Aug. 10th Mr. Chas. Barner joined the quarry party. Whitford and Stoll
collected in the Snake Creek until Sept. 9th when Mr. Whitford was called back to the museum and Mr.
Stoll's engagement was ended. They good a fairly good collection from the Snake Creek, though badly