Arizona Dinosaurs (page 1)

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Grand Canyon Caverns
Peach Springs, AZ
Grand Canyon Caverns was discovered in 1927. When no gold was found, it was turned into a tourist attraction. It was originally known as "Yampai Caverns" and later became "Coconino Caverns". In 1962, it became "Dinosaur Caverns" and later "Grand Canyon Caverns". The 12 foot tall fiberglass T-Rex near the entrance was installed in the late 1950s or early 1960s by Victor Leon. The first photo above shows a postcard from around that time. Inside the building, there is also a 15 foot tall statue of "Gertie", a giant ground sloth. Gertie was built to commemorate the skeletal remains found inside the cave. These photos are from 2012. In 2013, another dinosaur was moved to the property. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Brontosaurus Sign
Peach Springs, AZ
This Brontosaurus sign is from the 1960s. It was restored in 2005. It is on Route 66 not far from the Grand Canyon Caverns dinosaur shown above. [map]

Crystal Forest Museum & Gift Shop
Holbrook, AZ
These four dinosaur statues are installed in front of the Crystal Forest Museum & Gift Shop. They appear to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Rainbow Rock Shop
Holbrook, AZ
The Rainbow Rock Shop sells petrified wood and other souvenir items. These dinosaur statues were all produced by Adam Luna who owned the store from 1987-1995. The statues are made of steel and concrete. [map]

Petrified Rock Garden
Holbrook, AZ
This pair of dinosaurs at the Petrified Rock Garden appear to be from the 1950s or 1960s. This souvenir shop is just up the street from the Rainbow Rock Shop described above. [map]

Stewart's Petrified Wood Shop
Holbrook, AZ
The Stewart's Petrified Wood Shop features souvenirs and lots of fun statues. The statues have been here since at least the 1990s but they might be from much earlier. [map]

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