Date of this Version
BULLETIN 24 VOLUME I DECEMBER, 1931
In developing the hydro-electric plant of the Iowa and Nebraska Light and Power Company, a number of dams were thrown across the Blue River and its branches. One of these, known as Dam No.7, was built across the West Blue, about nine miles southwest of Milford, Seward county, Nebraska. This dam raised the water well above the ordinary river level, and flooded fifteen or twenty acres of valley land. The impounded water soaked into, and washed against, the base of a twenty-foot bank of cross-bedded sand, until some time during the winter of 1931, a portion of the bank near the base slipped, and slid down, carrying with it a well-preserved mastodon skull which hitherto had lain buried there. The skull was eased down on the sand at the water's edge unbroken, and came to rest on its crown.