A QUICK OVERVIEW AND PHOTO GALLERY
of the meteorites that were on display at the Gems and Minerals Exhibit (Bldg. 7A) of the
1998 Los Angeles County Fair!
These meteorites and their replicas were a temporary exhibit
from the San Bernardino County Museum of Natural History.
REVISED 01/06/99 - "Click" HERE to go directly to UPDATE - Pinto Mountains "IRON" identified as METEOR-WRONG.
IT WAS WORTH THE EFFORT - - -
After paying $14.00 for parking and entry, and after walking to the far side of the Fair, I found in an open air building (7A), in a back room, in a poorly lit corner, this humble display.
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Primarily those people at the Fair that had lost their way, would come upon the backside of this hanger shaped building and a large, open bay door. Upon entering this large "back" room, a modest number of well spaced display cases could be seen. If visitors took an immediate right, they would not miss this "IRON FROM THE SKY" display case. But what usually caught the visitors attention, was one of two exhibits on both sides of this display case. On the right was a "please touch me" hands-on display of a 4 foot "dino" bone and two 30 lb ammonites. On the left were the life-sized exact replicas of the Tucson Ring and the Old Woman Meteorite. Because of the dim lighting, I don't have images of these, so I have to refer the reader to the photos in O. Richard Norton's book "Rocks From Space". Because people would shake these replicas, trying to determine if they were real, the vibrations caused some of the smaller meteorites in the display case to topple over. A suggestion for the future would be to not have these two exhibits on the same table.
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