New Jersey Dinosaurs

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Dino the Dinosaur
Bayville, NJ
The history of this Dinosaur statue is unclear. According to one source, it was originally used by a taxidermist to advertise his business. Supposedly, he found this dinosaur in a barn where it was stored after being used on a float for Sinclair Oil at the 1939 World's Fair. This makes for a good story but it can't be true. The 1939 dinosaurs were realistic for their time and built with plaster and rubber on a steel frame. This statue could not have come from the 1964 NY World's Fair either. Those statues were also realistic and made of fiberglass. Sinclair did not begin producing their cuter gas station dinosaurs, also fiberglass, until 1976. This dinosaur doesn't look like any Sinclair statues that I have seen.

The local historical society believes this dinosaur was built around 1932 and has been at its current location since 1957. Some Bayville residents remember this dinosaur being located originally at an ice cream stand where the statue was painted dark green with red lights in his nose and green lights down his back.

This statue's head has been knocked off and replaced a number of times. In 1998, Dino's head disappeared and had to be replaced again. Changing businesses behind the statue have painted it different colors over the years. The top row of photos taken in 2001 shows him in a traditional green. Around 2005, the statue was painted gold. In 2007, it was repainted blue and covered with handprints during the Grand Opening celebration for House of Paints which remains the current tenant. The statue was nicknamed Virginia around this time. [map]

Frank's Castle Grill
Hamburg, NJ
Frank's Castle Grill was a restaurant across the street from the Gingerbread Castle. The dinosaurs were installed along with a petting zoo for the kids. The place has been closed for many years. These photos are from 2007. I don't know if these statues are still there. For more, see this page.

Dinosaur [gone]
Cherry Hill, NJ
This dinosaur was originally part of Old Pro Golf mini golf course which closed around 2004. The concrete statue is about ten feet tall and was nicknamed Danny. These photos are from 2006. In 2010, this statue was moved to New Castle, DE. I'm told it will be installed on a trailer and displayed for special events. For more, see this website.

Haddonfield, NJ
This Dinosaur statue, officially Hadrosaurus foulkii, is located at the town's center. It was named after William Parker Foulke, who discovered the first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton in the U.S. here in 1858. This statue was created by John Giannotti and erected in 2003. Sorry about the lighting of these photos taken in the wee hours of the morning. I hope to get better shots sometime soon. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [map]

dinosaur sculpture
Wall, NJ
This dinosaur sculpture stands next to the Roadside Diner. This statue, made from car parts, was created by Jim Gary. He was famous for his brightly painted dinosaur creations. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Dinosaurs & Caveman
Alpha, NJ
These Dinosaurs and Caveman statues are located on the property behind G.J. Oliver, Inc. The sculptures were created in 1995 by Woody Houser, an employee at the steel fabrication company. For more, see this website. [map]

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