Dorothy Smoker Presents Remarkable Life of George McJunkin at Today’s Rotary Club

From left, Dorothy Smoker, a docent with the Palace of the Governors presented a PowerPoint program at today’s Rotary Club luncheon at The Manhattan Project Bar & Grill titled, ‘A Unique Discovery by an Unlikely Cowboy: The Remarkable Life of George McJunkin.’ At center is Rotary Past President Linda Hull and at right Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan and former Executive Director Hedy Bunn who stopped by to listen to the talk. Smoker told of the story of the black cowboy and former slave McJunkin whose observations and inquisitive mind knew his discovery of ‘the bone pit’ was something significant. In the aftermath of the 1908 Folsom flood, McJunkin discovered bison bones protruding from an arroyo bank and told all who would listen of his unusual find. It wasn’t until after his death in 1922, that its importance was validated. Join a guided tour of the archeological site May 17 – contact the Folsom Museum for details at 575.278.2122 or Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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