New Jersey State Museum

Division of the NJ Department of State
Chris Christie, Governor
Kim Guadagno, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State
Anthony Gardner, Executive Director

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's Here!

If you read about the donation of a 3-ton rock from the K. Hovnanian Homes development in Woodland Park, NJ, you know that a special  rock was scheduled to be delivered to the New Jersey State Museum this morning.  With the incredible generosity of Betts Environmental Services, from Butler, NJ,  (who I also have to point out gave up half of their Saturday), the rock is now in a prominent location between the Auditorium and West State Street. 

It was quite a feat!  With the skill of a surgical team, the Betts crew maneuvered the enormous truck and trailer into Trenton, backed up onto the sidewalk between parking meters  right beside the rock's intended location, and simply lifted the enormous boulder off of the trailer and into position.   Quite a site!

Here are some pictures and video of the event:

After 200 million years in northern New Jersey, the rock arrives in Trenton.


Maneuvering into position.


Final touches, and . . . success!

The triumphant team!

Although the rock is in place, the work isn't done.  In the coming months, we're going to install interpretive signage, landscape the area into a living "Mesozoic Garden", and hopefully install other large specimens in this area.  We certainly hope you'll come by to see the New Jersey State Museum's newest specimen, as well as the many other wonderful exhibitions we offer.  If you thought this series of blog posts was interesting, please return to this site often.  "Follow" this blog (in the column on the right) to receive new blog posts automatically.

Finally, I'd like to take 1 last opportunity to thank two very generous companies that made all of this possible.  K. Hovnanian Homes not only donated this fascinating rock to the Museum, but has also recently entered an agreement which will allow the Museum's paleontologists to conduct research on their Great Notch development site.  In addition, Betts Environmental donated a significant amount of man and machine power over a period of several days to pick up and deliver the specimen.  We can't thank these two companies enough!

1 comment:

rich large said...

I'M happy it found a new home after 200 million years nice going guy's.