Digging Deep: Once Homeless, Gainesville Fossil Tour Company Owner Turns Childhood Passion Into Career


As COVID and unemployment cases rise, local businesses are struggling. This is not the case for owner/operator of Mudslinger Tours, Hurley J. Hurley.

Once homeless, but now the successful owner of a fossil tour company, adversity is nothing new to Hurley. Growing up, teachers scolded Hurley for playing in the creeks and parents doubted anything would come of hunting for fossils.

Although there have been enviromental concerns over the past year about fossil hunting in the creeks, Stacy Greco, Alachua County’s water conservation coordinator, said what Hurley does is within current county regulations.

Watch above as Hurley explains how he took a childhood love and turned it into a career, helping people find their “dream trophy of a tooth.”

About Noah K. Thomas

Noah is a contributor for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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