Friday, August 05, 2005

Creation Evidence Museum

My thinly-veiled secret "special assignment" last weekend was to drive up to Glen Rose and visit the Creation Evidence Museum for the Chronicle's "Damn Dirty Ape" issue. You can save your two bucks by reading all about it here.

The Creation Evidence Museum advances a "young earth" model of creationism that contends our planet is only 6,000 years old because the Bible doesn't go any further back than that. They also assert that God literally created the world in a week and that man and dinosaurs existed simultaneously. That last point is especially salient because the museum is right down the road from Dinosaur Valley State Park, where you can view 113 million-year-old dinosaur tracks in the streambed of the Paluxy River.

Glen Rose is a lovely little town, but between the dead dinosaurs, the end times religious motif and the nearby nuclear power plant, the place has a genuinely strange energy to it. After having our minds blown by the sights, my traveling companion Karla and I were harangued by two very drunk white trash harridans in the parking lot of the IGA. On that note, we high-tailed it out of town toward the (obviously relative) sanity of Waco.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I went many years ago. This place is classic. Did you take some photos of the creation mural or the children swimming with dinosaurs painting? We were told that the painting was proof that man and dino co-existed. And to think I thought the Flintstones had settled that argument years ago. By this time, the fish in the hyperbaric chamber should be gargantuan.

SM

Anonymous said...

Donna Kossy covers this place and its adherents in her great book Strange Creations, which is all about theories about the world's genesis that are, shall we say, outside the mainstream.

She also wrote another excellent book called Kooks. There's enough inspiration for a million songs in these tomes.

Michael

Rachel said...

How frightening to think that Waco could seem normal! At least it gave us Dr Pepper...