PostTV sent Lee Powell out west to watch a Tyrannosaurus rex begin its journey to Washington, D.C. Here’s what he saw, in Bozeman and back home.

Kathy Wankel of Angela, Mont., was on a family hike when she spotted the bit of bone sticking out of the dirt. It would become, as she called it, a "mega-find" and her namesake as the Wankel T. rex. (Lee Powell/The Washington Post)
How do you prepare a 65-million-year-old T.rex for travel? The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana is making sure every bone has its place as the Wankel T.rex heads for Washington, D.C. (Lee Powell/The Washington Post)
The Wankel T.rex is moving from Montana to Washington, D.C. in a 53-foot long semi driven by a husband and wife. (Lee Powell/The Washington Post)
Bozeman, Montana is losing one of its most famous residents, so a big sendoff is in order. For the next 50 years, the Wankel T.rex will be the Nation's T.rex at the Smithsonian and the most viewed T.rex ever. (Lee Powell/The Washington Post)
The Nation's T. rex rolls into Washington from Montana to a dinosaur-loving crowd at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. And the Wankel family, who discovered the fossil in 1988, says goodbye to their 'baby.' (Lee Powell/The Washington Post)

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