Every Tuesday morning on the Ethan and Lou Show on I-95, we do a feature called: "The Place You Live" featuring Mike Allen.

Mike is our former News Director, a fantastic storyteller and a tenacious researcher. Mike looks all around Connecticut and Putnam/Dutchess counties in NY to find true stories about the places we call home.

Get our free mobile app

This week, we went back to a land before time and learned about the massive role CT has in Paleontology history.

Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, CT is a great place to learn and discover, but it was not put there arbitrarily. The Park was constructed right on top of where some of the world's best evidence of dinosaurs were found.

The Park may never have existed if not for a significant find by a man running an excavator in 1966. That man's name was Edward McCarthy who was operating a backhoe clearing ground for a new state building.

McCarthy unearthed tracks with three toes on gray sandstone and realized he should stop and get the attention of his supervisor.

What Ed had found was the tip of the iceberg, the first look at what would become the largest fossil track-way ever uncovered. It's since been surpassed, but the 2,000 dinosaur tracks were the most ever found in 1966 and remain one of the world's biggest to date.

The site was fenced off, the University of Connecticut was brought in to research the tracks and it was determined that this was very special. The State of CT moved quickly and the area was designated a National Natural Landmark.

They divided the track marks into two parts. The first was a section of about 500 tracks that were covered in a geodesic dome, the remaining 1,500 tracks were protected by being buried after they were insulated with 2 inches of polyurethane and thick tarps.

The tracks have been dated at around 200 million years old and came from the Dilophosaurus, a meat eating dinosaur that ranged from 18-23 feet in length and could run 20 miles per hour at maximum speed.

Photo: Dilophosaurus model Dinosaur State ParkĀ  - Youtube/Paolo Bignami

The 1,500 buried tracks are set aside for scientific research and will remain buried until proper funding is in place to properly study them.

Today, the 500 tracks, the model of the Dilophosaurus and wonderful displays can be seen at Dinosaur State Park at 400 West Street in Rocky Hill, CT. If you plan a visit please check their website or call ahead to see how COVID-19 may have altered accessibility or hours. Their phone number is (860)529-8423

This is the dome that covers the 500 tracks:

Google Instant Street View

Don't miss "The Place You Live" every Tuesday morning at 8:20 & 8:50 on the Ethan and Lou Show with Mike Allen.

Photo: Lou Milano

Fun Fact:

If a Dilophosaurus were to run from Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill to the Railway Museum in Danbury, it would take two hours.

LOOK: Stunning vintage photos capture the beauty of America's national parks

Today these parks are located throughout the country in 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The land encompassing them was either purchased or donated, though much of it had been inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world, and as spaces for exploration.

Keep scrolling for 50 vintage photos that show the beauty of America's national parks.

11 of New Milford's Most Unusual Street Names

Drone Captures Crystal Clear Images of Brookfield From High Above

While cruising Youtube recently I found a video that captured my attention, drone footage from high above Brookfield, CT. The video happened to be of a section of Brookfield right above the radio station I've been worked at for 21 years, I-95.