Bob the Triceratops Leaving Museum

Heidi Harris

Those who want to see Bob the Triceratops at the Barnes County Historical Museum only have a couple weeks left to do so. The dinosaur is going up for auction sometime before Dec. 20, said museum curator Wes Anderson.

Bob, the largest and most complete triceratops fossil found anywhere to date, has been on exhibit at the Barnes County Museum in Valley City since June 2014.

Anderson said in a Saturday morning email that he received word that Bob will be leaving for auction.

Discovered in Bowman County in 2003 on the Craig and Bobbi Eglund Elk Ranch, Alan Komrosky and Hell Creek Relics excavated the triceratops fossil that is over 70 percent complete in bone count and 90% percent in bone mass. It took Komrosky and his crew 11 years to bring the fossil they named Bob to exhibition.

"We will be very sorry to see Bob leave our facility," Anderson said. "It has been a wonderful draw for visitors and an incredible opportunity to host a world class exhibit such as Bob."  

The Barnes County Museum will be extending its hours to offer more people the opportunity to see Bob before it leaves, Anderson added.

"We're not certain of the schedule as yet," he said.