Dinosaur Festival in Nashville, Arkansas


An interesting connection that people might not know is that one of the largest dinosaur trackways in the world was discovered a few miles from Nashville. The town is located at the base of the Ouachita foothills and around 130 miles from Little Rock. The large find of dinosaur trackways (a path of preserved footprints) was discovered in 1983 by an archeology grad student in a mine a few miles from town. The tracks were of sauropods.

The trackway, which may be the largest in the world, held between 5,000 and 10,000 assorted tracks and scientists believe the footprints may have been made as long as 100 million years ago in the early Cretaceous period. Reproductions of molds of the footprints are still at several museums in Arkansas. The original trackway is gone and only a few individual tracks were removed and preserved. The trackway is now considered a landmark discovery that influenced both the scientific study of sauropods and other dinosaur trackways.