Johnstown will celebrate "Mastodon Day" beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Johnstown Trailhead Park, 187 E. Jersey St., to observe the discovery of the Johnstown Mastodon 90 years ago.

Johnstown will celebrate "Mastodon Day" beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Johnstown Trailhead Park, 187 E. Jersey St., to observe the discovery of the Johnstown Mastodon 90 years ago.

A nearly complete mastodon skeleton was found in 1926 on the farm of Friend Butt near the current bike path entrance, according to village officials.

A Newark businessman bought the skeleton and sold it to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where it remains on display today and is known as the Johnstown Mastodon.

During the Sept. 1 celebration, Mayor Sean Staneart and village manager and planner Jim Lenner will welcome guests, followed by Johnstown Historical Society member Terry Priest recapping the discovery of the mastodon.

Craig Bohning, chairman of Downtown Johnstown Inc. and the economic-development committee, will propose a use of the mastodon property.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the council chambers at Village Hall, 599 S. Main St.