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steve p.

Whiskey Bridge Over Brazos River, Highway 21, Bryan, Tx.

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steve p.

As a new fossil collector, I just wanted to share my experience with the Whiskey Bridge location.

I think this is a great location for these reasons:

1. It's on public land

2. It has easy access. From your car to the site is only a few minute walk.

3. It is near a decent city, so motels, camping, food, etc is available.

4. The fossils are embedded in a mostly loose soil, making garden tools possible.

5. Fossils are plentiful, meaning that everyone of every skill level will be successful.

6. In the afternoon, the digging site is partially shaded.

7. The Brazos River is available for swimming/cooling off.

In a few visits, I have found many of the fossils here, including a shark tooth. I would say my most impressive fossil finds (besides the tooth) are the fairly large Cone shells, Conus (Lithoconus) sauridens. You can see all the other possibilities on the link above.

I look forward to returning in cooler weather, though. :-)

Good hunting

Steve.

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Tony Eaton

Thanks for the recommendation Steve!

Tony

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Nandomas

Thanks Steve :) Great link ;)

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Uncle Siphuncle

That place will never run out of fossils.

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MikeD

That sums it up pretty well. It can get brutally hot down there in the summer.

Don't go if the water level is above 12 feet. Some areas become a bit dangerous, especially for kids.

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steve p.

That sums it up pretty well. It can get brutally hot down there in the summer.

Don't go if the water level is above 12 feet. Some areas become a bit dangerous, especially for kids.

Heat exhaustion is a real possibility at 100 plus F.

On my last visit 3 weeks or so ago, I could walk about half way across the river, giving up when on tippy toes, and just drove to the other side so I could explore that sand bar. Nothing there fossil-wise, and even the gravel was sparse. I've been there when the river was literally bank to bank. An incredible sight. That volume of water must have been common, say 15,000 years ago.

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fossiljim

I have collected at Whiskey Bridge many times. I was born about 15 miles from there. The Houston Gem and Mineral Society Paleo section has an annual trip there in October that includes a BBQ at a local ranch. If you are in the Houston area, the club is a great place to learn, meet people, etc. Also, closeby, Hwy 21 also crosses the Little Brazos where similar fossils , but much smaller, may be found. Great micro material.

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