Summer, 1960 Lee Stokes (University of Utah) and Eldon Dorman (amateur archaeologist, Price), discuss Price City acquiring an Allosaurus skeleton as a tourist draw.
September, 1960 Special presentation to the Price Chamber of Commerce on "Dinosaur Land" to develop tourism in northeastern Utah. This builds on the discussion Dorman (who is a Chamber member) had with Stokes.
December, 1960 Letters go out from the Chamber of Commerce to various furniture stores seeking display cases for the Prehistoric Museum, which is on the second floor of the Price Municipal Building
January 16, 1961 The Chamber of Commerce authorizes $2,250.00 to purchase an Allosaurus skeleton.
January 23, 1961 Carbon College, a branch of the University of Utah, accepts responsibility to develop a new museum. Don Burge (geology faculty) and students brainstorm a new museum. However, the local community continues to drive its development.
February 13, 1961 Dr. Claude Burtenshaw, Director of Carbon College, presents to the Board of Regents, of the University of Utah, a proposal to establish a geological museum.
May 8, 1961 University of Utah Board of Regents meet in Price and vote to officially accept the local community's museum project as "the Carbon College Prehistoric Museum."
June 3, 1961 The museum opens in a 1500 sq. ft. converted conference room on the second floor of the Price City Municipal Building. It features artifacts and fossils donated or loaned by the community. It also featured a large mural of Jurassic dinosaurs by the Carbon Art League freely modeled on Rudolph Zallinger's "The Age of Reptiles" featured in Life Magazine, September 7, 1953.
1963 "Al", the Allosaurus goes on display in the hallway outside the museum.
October 14, 1963 County Commissioners discuss a new home for the Museum. The first Prehistoric Museum was located on the second floor of the Price City Municipal building (1964).
1964 Carbon College becomes the College of Eastern Utah, but remains a part of UU until 1969, when it becomes an independent community college.
December 14, 1970 Proposal made by City Councilman Fausett for the Museum to move into the unused city gymnasium.
March 1, 1971 City and the College of Eastern Utah sign a Lease and Agreement giving the gymnasium to the museum for ten years. The College begins renovations a few months later.
Spring 1973 Museum moves into the new facility.
December 14, 1987 The lease for the gymnasium is extended through December 2013.
March 1988 The City and College partner for funding from the Economic Development Agency and Community Impact Board to build a new wing.
1988 Construction begins on the new wing.
April 13, 1990 The new Hall of Dinosaurs and Traveling Exhibition Gallery open.
June 1, 1991 Renovated Hall of Man opens (in the gymnasium section).
1991 The museum receives the basement of the former Carbon County Hospital for a fossil preparation lab and collections storage. (The "Bone Lab").
1992 Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM).
Museum becomes a State and Federal repository of archaeological and paleontological materials.
1997 The Museum is reaccredited by the AAM.
2003 Museum exhausts available space for exhibits, specimen/artifact preparation, and storage.
January 31, 2004 One-millionth visitor.
2004 Museum explores expansion with a new wing.
2006 Museum considers relocation as the best alternative.
June 2007 Museum is donated land upon which to build a new museum near the County fairgrounds. The plans call for a new museum building and an attached enclosed botanical garden.
2008 The Museum is reaccredited by the AAM.
July 2010 The Museum becomes a part of Utah State University.
2010 The new Museum project is scaled back to just a new museum.