Originated by Carlton Nash, the fame of Dinosaur Land has
spread all over the world. Visitors have come from Europe,
Asia and Australia to see these rare pieces. A model of a
Dinosaur, a 200 million year old "live" building,
the only building in the world made of Dinosaur tracks, marks
the place. With ample parking space one enters the unique
building made of Dinosaur Tracks. The path leads to the ancient
water hole or breeding ground where one may walk on the footprints.
What could be more fantastic or fascinating than to step where
a huge monster stepped 200 million years ago?
Little tracks and huge ones may be seen here in this quarry.
The year around traveler is astounded by the number of footprints
exposed in the layers. The visitor sees, touches and photos
"where time has petrified history". He stands and
ponders time -- which takes him out of this hurried world
to eons ago; when this was a steaming hot jungle-like area.
Large and small Dinosaurs lived here in Pioneer Valley and
left their "Footprints On The Sands of Time."
For perhaps 50 million years before, the amphibians had lived
and clung to their existence in rushes and ferns, that grew
swiftly and died swiftly which made the vast coal beds of
the world. But the sluggish amphibians were soon to emerge
into one of the most fascinating, intriguing times the world
has ever known -- the Dinosaur age. It was a crucial adjustment.
These new creatures began to develop forelimbs which were
becoming arms and had become to rise up on hind legs. Some
grew to enormous size; some became vegetarians, others vicious
reptiles; some strode on two feet, others reverted to four,
some were docile beasts, others were vicious carnivores --
the most destructive beats to ever roam the earth. Truly the
golden age of Dinosaurs had arrived.
In this age, Massachusetts was covered by lush fertile swamps
lowlands, where Fig and Palm trees grew -- luxuriant growths
of plants were everywhere. In this environment, naturally
the Dinosaurs flourished. The climate was very warm and humid
with seasonal rains probably a few months apart.
On the shores of the lowland mud, the Dinosaurs walked. To
the east and to the west of Dinosaurland lay hills and mountains.
With torrential rains beating on these mountains they brought
sediment down on to this vast expanse of marshland. The Dinosaurs
walked across the mud flat, thereby leaving footprint impressions.
A period of aridity then took place from the blazing sun,
therefore baking that layer quite hard before