Historians in Columbus are attempting quite a feat over the next few days – they’re moving a mastodon. The Conway mastodon skeleton that’s been a central exhibit in the Ohio Historical Center is being turned around as part of a 2 million dollar renovation of the landmark Columbus building. Kim Schuette at the Ohio Historical Society says it’s quite a project.
The Conway mastodon was discovered in 1887 in a swamp on the boundary between Clark and Champaign Counties. It was donated to Ohio State University, and has been on loan to the Ohio Historical Center since 1970. The center will be open during the move, so visitors can see how the skeleton is disassembled and put back together, and the center will also put up a feed on the mastodon’s website, ohiohistory.org/conway.