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Oct 15, 2012 - Painted Hills and Mitchell, OR

The Painted Hills, near the towns of Mitchell and John Day, are part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument which is located in three distinct areas of central Oregon. The area is named for an early pioneer, John Day. Day and a companion, the only two survivors of their immigrant group, made it to the Columbia River valley where they were robbed and left naked by Native Americans near the mouth of a certain river. They were rescued and eventually that river was given the name John Day. So the fossil beds are named for the river which...

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Jul 21, 2007 - John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

On Saturday, July 21, we decided to take a ride up to the John Day Fossil Beds. We had been told if we had time to try to see at least the Painted Hills Unit. It is about 60 miles from Redmond and was a nice ride. The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument covers about 14,000 acres in three separate units. John Day Valley badlands are fossil beds whose sedimentary rocks preserve a 40-million-year record of plant and animal life. They are some of the richest fossil beds in the world. The Painted Hills Unit is one of the three John Day Fossil...

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