Homage to William Sill: A son’s portrait of a father who left his heart buried in Ischigualasto.

William Sill was the creator of the Ischigualasto Park and in a few days he will be recognized again. His son, of the same name, told never-before-revealed details about the paleontologist’s intense career in San Juan.

Once upon a time there was an American-born San Juan native named William Sill. Many see his name in the Valley of the Moon, because as a paleontologist and geologist he was a driving force behind the worldwide enhancement of Ischigualasto. It could be said that he is the “father” of the famous Park, because without it it would not be a World Heritage Site. So great was Mr. Sill’s love for St. John that he literally buried his heart here.

This brief story introduces a phenomenal event that will take place in the coming days, when part of William Sill’s remains will be relocated within the lunar compound that thousands of tourists a year visit, as he dreamed.

For such a ceremony, his son, William Sill Junior, or Bill for those who know him closely, will return to San Juan with his family. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of returning to where he spent his childhood, he recalled from Texas what those dizzying days were like with his father, that adventurous scientist, treasurer of fossils, who wanted to create something from another world in that corner of Vallisto. And he succeeded.

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Semblanza de un hijo sobre un padre que dejó el corazón enterrado en Ischigualasto (tiempodesanjuan.com)

Parque Provincial Ischigualasto
Parque Provincial Ischigualasto
Parque Provincial Ischigualasto