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July 16, 2004

City Stones and Fossil Walk

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004 At 2pm

Seattle - Join the Burke Museum for an urban geology tour - a guided walking tour through downtown Seattle to find hidden fossil treasures buried in the stones of Seattle's buildings and sidewalks. Led by Burke Museum educator, David Williams, this tour will reveal a variety of fossils imbedded in Seattle stone and highlights the wide variety of stones used in Seattle buildings.

Seattle's use of stone for building began soon after June 6, 1889, the day of Seattle's great fire, which consumed most of the downtown business district. The city's re-builders started with local rock, but as developers became more wealthy, builders sought out stone from as far away as Vermont and Indiana, South Africa, Brazil, and Sardinia.

Among the many types of stone to be examined will be sandstone from the Chuckanut neighborhood in Bellingham, limestone fossils, Italian travertine, South African granite, and limestone with ammonites embedded.

The tour begins in Pioneer Square and concludes in the business district, making the walk a little over 1 mile, with a total time of 1 to 2 hours.

The tour is presented as part of a series of programs for the Burke Museum - Year of the Fossil, a 12-month period of educational programming on the subject of fossils.

The tour fee is $20 per person. Space is limited to 20 persons. Reserve your spot by contacting the Burke Education Office at (206) 543-5591, or email at burked@u.washington.edu. Once confirmed, registrants will receive specific information on where to meet.

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The Burke Museum is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE, on the University of Washington campus. Hours are 10 am to 5pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. Admission is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth. Admission is free to children 5 and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. For a complete calendar of events or for more information, call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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