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Book party for Rockie the bison Oct. 21 at Marble Falls museum

Rockie display at Falls on the Colorado Museum

The 700-year-old bones of a bison named Rockie are on permanent display in The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls, which is hosting a special presentation that includes results of studies done on the bones from university professionals across the United States. A book compilation of those studies will be on sale. File photo

The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls is holding a book party for Rockie, the 700-year-old bison bones unearthed on Rocky Creek in northern Burnet County. The skeleton is on permanent display in the museum. 

At 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21, Dr. Tom Hester, professor of anthropology emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the museum’s Board of Directors, will present a program on the almost intact skeleton found in 2016 in Briggs. The bones were uncovered by citizen-archeologist Ryan Murray, who gifted them to the museum. 

Some of the bones were sent to professionals in universities and labs across the United States for study. Hester combined their findings into a book that is being self-published by the Marble Falls museum. A limited number of “Rockie: The Discovery, Excavation, and Preservation of a Prehistoric Bison, Burnet County, Texas,” will be on sale at the presentation. 

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but the museum gratefully accepts donations, which are used to fund programs and publications. 

The Falls on the Colorado Museum is located at 2001 Broadway in the Old Granite School building. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information, visit the website at or email Also, check out the museum’s Facebook page.