The town of Drumheller, Alberta bills itself as the Dinosaur Capital of the World. Leading the charge, the non-profit Drumheller DinoArts Association is "committed to promoting and enhancing the dinosaur sculptures and murals throughout Drumheller."
Drumheller is located in the heart of the Badlands and was incorporated as a village nearly a century ago, back in 1913. That's sixty-five years before Bruce Springsteen released Badlands on The Darkness on the Edge of Town, if you're counting. Not that Bruce is a dinosaur, or anything.
Badlands you gotta live it every day
Let the broken hearts stand
As the price you've gotta pay
Well keep pushin' till it's understood
And these badlands start treating us good
The Drumheller Valley was the tropical home to dinosaurs, 70 million years ago, including the local favorite Albertasaurus. Think our current climate change dilemma makes for tough living?
The Badlands did treat the dinosaurs well for quite some time. But the dinosaurs disappeared with the Ice Age, and years later, the melting glaciers formed the Red Deer River Valley. Today's residents enjoy an area rich in oil, agricultural resources, and tourism, with the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.