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News about a possible showcase in Ottawa for "Scotty" the T. rex.

Below article from The Ottawa Citizen reprinted for fair use purposes only -- copyright acknowledged.

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Copyright 1998 Southam Inc.

The Ottawa Citizen

March 29, 1998, Sunday, FINAL EDITION


Prairie town raising funds to give T-Rex a good home


DATELINE: EASTEND, Sask.: Eastenders pounded the pavement in several southern Saskatchewan communities Friday trying to raise money to house the town's most famous homeless resident -- Scotty the Tyrannosaurus rex.

"We're just trying to get some regional and local support for the project," said Larry Stork, chairman of Eastend's tourism authority.

The $3.1-million project would mean a home for Scotty -- one of only 12 complete T-rex skeletons in the world -- and other dinosaur artifacts found nearby.

Discovered near Eastend in 1992, the 65-million-year-old Scotty now lives in a temporary facility in Eastend and in Regina's Royal Saskatchewan museum, where people work to extract him from the casts encasing him.

"It's painstaking work. They've been picking away at one block for about a year now," Mr. Stork said.

The provincial government committed $1.2 million to building a dinosaur museum, leaving the town with the remaining $1.9-million bill.

Mr. Stork hoped to raise $150,000 during Friday's tour through towns including Maple Creek and Swift Current.

Building a smaller version of the Royal Tyrrell museum of paleontology in Drumheller, Alta., would benefit nearby towns such as Swift Current, Mr. Stork said.

"We don't want to compete with them (Tyrrell) because they spent a lot of dollars. But we have a wide variety of artifacts."

Mr. Stork said the museum could mean 34,000 visitors a year.

"We're like any small town, we're just hoping it's a way to keep our business doors open. We've locked on to tourism as a way to keep our town alive."

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