An American Mammoth Underneath The Santa Fe Building?
I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a junkie for historic things. I love seeing where a place has been as opposed to what or where it is now.
The Santa Fe building is one of the most recognizable buildings in Amarillo. It feels like you can see it from a mile away, but did you know they found a now extinct animal underneath the ground?
At the building, you'll find a historical marker that talks about American Mammoths. These creatures were BEASTS, just giants. They were closely related to elephants of Africa and Asia and had these massive tusks they used to fight and kill prey. They truly were mythical looking creatures and something we'd freak out if we saw alive today.
Now there were a few different types of mammoths that roamed the land millions of years ago, but they sure seemed to love themselves some Texas. You can find their remains all over the panhandle, but none comparative to what was found at the Santa Fe building location.
When the building went up in 1928, they excavated the remains of one of these mammoths from the basement. They were able excavate so many remains that they were able to build a display out of them. This display can be found at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum right here in Canyon.
If you haven't seen the remains of it, definitely make a trip inside the PPHM. It's not every day you get to see something that is potentially millions of years old and was found right here in our backyard.