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Believe it or not- historic fossil cabin to be relocated

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Rocky Mountain Power and Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company have announced a combined grant of $20,000 to relocate the historic Como Bluff Fossil Cabin to downtown Medicine Bow.

According to a press release from Rocky Mountain Power, each company provided $10,000 for the project.

The cabin, built by Thomas Boylan in 1932 as a US 30 roadside attraction, is located five miles east of downtown Medicine Bow and made entirely of fossilized bone. Historic records indicate Boylan used around 5,800 dinosaur bones to construct the cabin that weighs 102,166 pounds.

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In August 2018, ‘The Friends of the Medicine Bow Museum’ began raising money to relocate the cabin next to the Medicine Bow Museum, to ensure the preservation and maintenance of the structure. The RMP statement says that along with relocating the cabin, the grants will help preserve the cabin and resurrect it as a tourist destination.

“Rocky Mountain Power is pleased to support Medicine Bow’s preservation of an important part of Wyoming history,” said Rita Meyer, Rocky Mountain Power’s vice president for Wyoming. “We’re excited about the fossil cabin’s relocation and the Medicine Bow Museum’s commitment to sharing this historic structure with future generations.”

Partial development of Rocky Mountain Power’s Energy Vision 2020 project will take place near the town of Medicine Bow. The project will add three new wind projects in Wyoming that will provide a total 1,150 megawatts of new wind energy capacity.

“Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company recognizes the importance of community partnerships. We are proud to participate in the relocation of the ‘World’s Oldest Building’ to Medicine Bow in Carbon County, Wyoming,” said Ryta Sondergard, community relations specialist for Sinclair Oil Corporation. “It is a testament to the community that cares not only for the preservation of its’ historic structures, but the commitment to share these relics with Wyomingites and visitors to the state.”

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