U of A To Hold On To 73-Year-Old Paragould Meteorite

September 26, 2003 - Posted at: 7:58 a.m. CDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The natural history museum on the University of Arkansas campus is closing.  But there is an effort to keep a meteorite that landed near Paragould in 1930.

The 800-pound meteorite, the third largest found in the United States, was purchased by the Field Museum in Chicago soon after it landed in Greene County.

The giant rock was loaned in 1988 to the museum on the Fayetteville campus.

The meteorite was scheduled to be shipped back to Chicago, but officials have delayed the shipment to discuss the possibility of the university keeping it.

The meteorite could go on display in a new building for the Arkansas-Oklahoma Center for Space and Planetary Sciences.  The center will take over the Geology Building on Dickson street this spring.

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