Sunday, January 29, 2012

Roadside Dinosaurs

Brian Switek, of the Smithsonian blog "Dinosaur Tracking," has gathered up photos of the "Best of the Worst Roadside Dinosaurs." 

This weak-kneed Corythosaurus (photo by Mark Ryan) is propped up alongside Interstate 15 near Victorville, California.

He looks like he's hoping to hitch a ride, and if that doesn't work, he'll just radio back to the orbiting cruiser to return him to Neptune.

Best of the Worst Roadside Dinosaurs


Cory said...

I know the word 'Cory' means helmet, which makes me wonder why my parents named me that! There are dozens of these guys in Drumheller and it's a common game to play to see who can spot the most driving through.

DPetersen said...
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DPetersen said...

Here in Michigan there is an abandoned tourist trap dinosaur park right off a main highway (so you can see some of these by the road).

We have some family photos from the late 70s/early 80's from when the park was still open, but it's more interesting to share this link showing its current condition:


T. Arispe said...

I've driven the 15 plenty of times...why have I never seen this? I'll have to look out for it next time I drive through Victorville. Those dinosaurs in the link are amusingly hideous. (Except for the Civil War/dinosaurs mashup; whoever thought of that was a genius.)

I remember, as a kid, driving through some part of Arizona and seeing a few roadside dinosaurs. I was ecstatic. Just last year, a friend of mine discovered an Allosaurus standing outside a McDonald's in Tuscon. We indulged in a little anatomical critique (the wrists were all wrong).

@DPetersen: I always thought abandoned amusement parks were fascinating, but abandoned dinosaur parks just take the cake. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Here's a dinosaur that has been around forever near Weeki Wachee, Florida.