In the year 1849, construction began on one of Vermont's first railroads. The development of the new railroad ran quickly ran through the town of Charlotte. At the time, workers in Charlotte had stumbled upon what seemed to be the remaining part of some type of horse. As they started digging further into the clay deposit where they had found the bones, the workers had exposed more of the bizarre animal. Eventually, they had pieced together the nearly complete skeleton of - not a horse - but a whale. Local scientific officials were quick to recognize it as fossilized remains of a Delphinapterus leucas, also known as the Beluga Whale.
This discovery, along with other important finds would eventually piece together Vermont's geologic past.