Book compiles 100 million years of Arbutus' past

April 09, 2001|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

Dinosaurs in Arbutus?

So says a history book being published about the southwest Baltimore County community, referring to discoveries of fossilized dinosaur bones in Arbutus in the 1990s that were estimated to be more than 100 million years old.

The book, "Arbutus: A Historical Scrapbook," was started four years ago as a brochure to help real estate agents sell houses in the community, said Donna Cameron, who organized the project.

Each bit of information gathered, however, made the 30 contributors more curious. The project grew until contributors had a 45-page book with 25 sections.

"We would find one thing, which led to another," Cameron said.

In addition to information about prehistoric fossils in Arbutus, the book covers Colonial times and the community's founding in 1892. It also addresses the importance of railroads, churches and industry in Arbutus and neighboring Halethorpe.

The book, which will cost $10, will be available at the Arbutus branch library. A formal unveiling will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Courtney Road and Wilkins Avenue.

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