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Brownwood Texas Field Trip

  • Sat, November 02, 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • Sun, November 03, 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • Brownwood, Texas

Brownwood, Texas, field trip November 2nd and 3rd.  Hosts Polly Mullinnex and Dr. Allen Neece.  This is an open trip but we are still requesting you contact Polly if you plan on attending. Nonmembers wishing to learn more about the Dallas Paleontological Society, are welcome. Anyone having questions or wanting more information may contact Polly at pollym@airmail.net or at 903 916-0083. This is a two day trip, but you are welcome to join the group for either day.  Check the Itinerary when making your decision.  The McDonald's is located at 204 East Commerce, Brownwood, TX 


  Leave McDonald's in Brownwood @ 9:00am 

     Travel to prolific horn coral site close to Brownwood

     State Park.

     Travel to Wilsons' Clay pit.  This is an abandoned quarry consisting of eroded gullies carved from the Pennsylvanian Harpersville Formation.  Crinoid stems, several varieties of pelecypods, brachiopods and bryozoan can be found.  More elusive, but also found, are Petalodus shark teeth.

     Travel to Lake Sealy and finish the day there.  Here the Pennsylvanian rocks are loaded with crinoids, brachiopods and bryozoan.  The prize here is the occassional small trilobites found embedded in the rock.


     Leave McDonald's in Brownwood @ 9:00am

     Travel to Pennsylvanian roadcut south of Brownwood. This is a very large roadcut craved from both sides of the road, it can accommodate a large group of hunters. 

We usually offer a shortened schedule on Sunday to allow time for those who have a long drive home, but if there is enough interest we might consider a second location time allowing.



Mrs. Wilson, owner of the quarry, says the rattlesnakes have been really bad this year, so we need to be extra careful.  I would not recommend this stop for very young children because of its dangers.


For those wishing to camp you will find sites at beautiful Lake Brownwood State Park.  If you wish to do so contact Polly and she will share your information with like-minded people.  If there is enough interest Polly will try to arrange for adjoining sites.

LAKE BROWNWOOD SPILLWAY:  We do not include this stop on sanctioned DPS field trips because of the inherent  dangers involved.  Those wishing to hunt this area must check in with the Lake Patrol Office to sign a release (no one under 18 is allowed on the spillway).  Be sure to check with the Park  ahead of time since this area is sometimes closed to hunters.

Who we are

The DPS is a group of professional and amateur paleontologists that want to exchange information, interact, and continue their education in paleontology.  We meet once a month on the second Wednesday evening of the month at Brookhaven College, Building H.


If you have a question, if you have a fossil that you cannot identify, or need a site investigation, contact the Fossil Bureau of Investigation for help.

Contact Us at 817-355-4693 

Why join us

We have fun.

We learn stuff.

We go cool places.

We find interesting things.

We make new friends.

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