Established in 1991, by Chuck Bonner and Barbara Shelton, Keystone Gallery is a combination museum, art gallery, and gift shop. The Gallery is dedicated to preserving local Niobrara fossils. The gallery‘s gift shop features Chuck's paintings and Barbara's photography.
Keystone Gallery Museum has excellent examples of Niobrara Cretaceous fossils found by Chuck and Barbara including numerous fossil fish, mosasaurs, pteranodons, birds, turtles and invertebrates. Over 34 permanent fossils are on display and temporary exhibits are rotated on a timely basis.
The gallery also works with museums throughout the United States and other countries. The Bonner family started fossil hunting in 1925, and museums throughout the world now house their specimens.
Hey, Chuck what's that fish?
Xiphactinus audax: Pronounced zai-fact-in-us aw-dax. It was the largest bony fish that ever lived. Distantly related to modern tarpons, it was extinct by the end of the Cretaceous period.
For more information about the swimming and flying reptiles, bony fish, shark, invertebrates and birds of the Cretaceous period, visit Keystone Gallery's Interactive Mural
The Limestone Building
Keystone Gallery is one of the only native stone buildings remaining in Southeast Logan County. The limestone building blocks were quarried nearby and the sand for mortar hauled by oxen team from the Smoky Hill River in 1916.
Visit Chuck and Barbara
Summer: Call ahead or stop and take a chance.
Winter: Call ahead
Hours are posted on the answering machine each morning, 620-872-2762, if you hear, “leave a message”, they are closed! Tours welcome - call to make an appointment.
26 miles South of Oakley off US 83
GPS Coordinates: N 38º 44.578'
W 100º 52.116'