Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is one of the coolest places in Kentucky. Ancient world history happened right here in our backyard and you can explore it in Union County.

Experts believe that the Ice Age pushed prehistoric mammals south that would have otherwise not have ever lived in this area. "The bones of many prehistoric mammals, including mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, bison, stag-moose, and a forerunner of the modern-day horse have been found at Big Bone Lick."

You can visit Big Bone Lick and see where the animals gathered to drink from the springs and take in the salt and minerals that occur in the water there. They offer camping overnight and the museum features all kinds of interesting stories and artifacts including bones found there of mastodons and other creatures that are now extinct.

One species that has always roamed that area and remain there are bison. A herd of bison still thrives there and depending on the weather, you can watch them and learn about them. Including the brand new bundle of joy that arrived June 29th to mama Henrietta. This bison calf is so super cute and all she needs is the perfect name!

Here is the official birth announcement asking folks to submit suggestions for possible names. The comment section was overwhelmed with one particular idea. To name the new calf in honor of Mr. Paul Simpson. He loved serving as the bison care coordinator at Big Bone Lick from 2014 until his passing last November. Mr. Simpson was adored and is greatly missed by many.

This bison herd was so special to Mr. Simpson, that it only makes sense to keep his name in the family. Officials chose three of the most suggested Paul inspired names for the voting round. Click on this Facebook post below. It will take you to the Big Bone Lick State Historic Site Facebook page where you can cast your vote for Paulie, Paulette, or Pauline.

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