News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 23, 2013

17-pound bone found during Vigo flood cleanup

Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE — TERRE HAUTE — Crews cleaning up from Wabash River flooding in Vigo County came across a 17-pound bone that they believe might have come from an ancient mastodon.

The Vigo County Highway Department is keeping the bone that’s a couple feet long in an office for now and has informed researchers from the Indiana State Museum.

Assistant highway superintendent Dan Bennett tells WTHI-TV the bone was found amid a washed-out section of a county road about 10 miles south of Terre Haute.

Most of the road’s pavement was washed away during April flooding that broke through a nearby levee. Bennett says it could take 50,000 tons of material to replace the road and that he doesn’t know whether the county can afford the estimated $250,000 cost.

—Associated Press