Did You Know?
Thomas Condon, an infant émigré from Ireland, was the first person to identify the John Day Fossil Beds, an important paleontological area. Condon, an ordained minister, visited first in 1865, and started excavating. Specimens he sent to eastern museums for verification sparked scientific interest.
He was appointed the first State Geologist in 1872, and would later become a professor at the University of Oregon. Condon is buried in the Eugene Masonic Cemetery.