History

The plan to build a museum of natural history began in my mind when I was fourteen years old.

I was always fascinated by nature and began collecting butterflies and doing taxidermy at this young age. I never grew up and I still collect butterflies and do taxidermy work and am always looking for a new specimen.

The museum was never built to make money but I like to see it support itself and make a little money for collecting trips. The museum is dedicated for the good of the community for education and enjoyment of all who come here have and for a better appreciation of our creator who made all of these beautiful things of nature.

As every thing lives it also must die and many of my specimens come from zoos, road kills and hunting of the abundant wild life.

PETA people and anti-hunters are horrified when they come into the museum and see the hundreds of stuffed creatures. They tell me that wild life has their dignity and should not be stuffed but buried and they write articles condemning me.

The museum was a huge undertaking. It is very large. You can click onto G.P.S. on your computer and take a look at it. It is the round rock building.

The building took 30 years to build. The walls are built of natural uncut lava rock, 4 feet thick and 10 feet high stacked one rock at a time, 44 ponderosa pine trees, 50 feet long holds up the roof, 15 large cottonwood trees cut into 2x10es at Duggens Saw Mill in Hagerman cover the trees to hold up the roofing which is made of belting from the borax mine in California . The outside diameter is 140 yards and 100 feet through the center.

The museum features birds of the world, mounted to display their colors for close up educational study for colleges and universities. Also featured are butterflies of the world, a very large fossil collection of dinosaurs and fish, an animal display from skunks to bears, a large pioneer artifact collection, an old mining in Idaho display, everything from oar cars to blasting machines, pioneering farming in Idaho, stone age artifacts from around the world, an African display, a fishing Alaska display and many other items that pertain to history and nature.

The museum is the very largest museum of its kind in the North West. Unlike the government and state museums which feature large, expensive buildings and few things to see, the Shoshone Bird Museum of Natural History is packed full. The collection features three generations of collection: my grandfather, my father, and me.