A huge Mammoth Orange shell sat on a truck bed as it was moved from the City of Chowchilla’s public works yard to its new home at the Fossil Discovery Center. The delivery came about four and a half months after the city council awarded a $2,050 bid to the San Joaquin Valley Paleontology Foundation.
Sherman Thomas Ranch Estate paid and donated the Mammoth Orange to SJVPF, which operates the center, said Lori Pond, SJVPF president.
SJVPF plans to restore it, turn it into a concession stand and build a grill behind it. It will be incorporated into the center’s outdoor area, which will eventually be available for rental, she said.
The giant shell once enclosed a hamburger stand that sat off State Route 99...