Sinclair Dinosaurs (page 1)

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Dinosaur [gone]
St. Clair, MO
This St. Clair Dinosaur stood at a Sinclair station. These photos are from 2005. This statue was chained to an underground concrete block to keep him from blowing away. He blew down the hill once and lost a couple feet of his tail. By 2010, this statue and the gas station were gone. [top photo thanks to David Carlson]

This fiberglass statue was one of the rarer "realistic" types. I only know of a few others. It seems that these were early versions of the once ubiquitous Sinclair gas station comical dinos (see below). Some claim that these more realistic statues were part of the Chicago's 1933 Century of Progress Exposition but I don't believe that these guys are that old. As far as I know, the only dinosaur statues at that fair were life-sized and not made from fiberglass. These realistic and/or comical statues may have been introduced at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. However, as far as I know, there were only life-sized fiberglass statues at that fair.

Dinosaur [gone]
Moscow, IA
This Sinclair Dinosaur stood next to the Cove Restaurant in Moscow since at least the 1970s. The statue came from a Sinclair gas station which was just across the highway. In 2008, it was sold to Loch Ness Pools in Oklahoma City, OK. It is now in the owner's private collection.

Lexington, NE
This Sinclair Dinosaur is installed at the Nebraskaland Truck & Travel Center Sinclair gas station. It has been here for many years. It was stolen once and returned. It has been chained down since then.

Elwood, IL
The Elwood Dinosaur is installed in a residential backyard. He is at least as old as 1963, confirmed by a photograph. The owner and I are eager for any information and theories about this statue's origin.

Sinclair Dinosaur
Green Bay, WI


This Green Bay Dinosaur stands in front of the "Dino Stop" Shell gas station. There was originally a Sinclair station here. When Shell moved in, the owner wanted to remove the dinosaur but he kept it due to public outcry. In 2007, the dinosaur wore a painted Shell yellow vest. By 2011, he wore a painted white football jersey.

More "Realistic" Sinclair Dinos:
Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Worth, TX
somewhere in WV [gone]

The Sinclair dinosaur statues shown below and on the next page were produced in the 1960s and 1970s by International Fiberglass for the Sinclair Oil Corporation. They were installed at Sinclair gas stations all over the country. The statues came in two sizes: 12 feet long and eight feet long. Since there was not an exclusive contract with Sinclair, the statues could be painted different colors and marketed to other businesses. Therefore, we can assume that some of the statues shown here did not come from Sinclair stations. For more, see this vintage marketing brochure from International Fiberglass [thanks Terry Nelson].

G&D Tire and Alignment
Wilmington, IL
Campo's Detailing
Milford, MA
G&D Tire and Alignment features a rooftop Sinclair dinosaur. This building was originally a Sinclair station from 1963. At some point, the station's dinosaur disappeared. When G&D Tire took over the building in 2001, the owner bought this replacement statue that had been previously in Chattanooga, TN.

The Milford Sinclair dinosaur at Campo's Detailing is installed on the roof. I don't know how long he has been there or when he received this custom paint job.

Sinclair station dinosaur
Windsor, ON
Conroy's Garage
Scarborough, ME
The Sinclair station dinosaur in Windsor is located in Odette Sculpture Park.

Conroy's Garage has a Sinclair dinosaur on their roof and has incorporated him into their logo. Conroy's Oil Service (they specialize in home heating oil) has been around since 1942 and this was previously a Sinclair station (now a Gulf). The dinosaur is from the early 1960s. When the station became a Gulf, he was removed. Customers missed him - so in 1988, he was put on the roof. For more, see their website.

Sinclair station dinosaur
Golden, CO
Sinclair station dinosaur
Golden, CO
Sinclair gas stations and their dinosaur statues are relatively common in Colorado.

The first Sinclair dinosaur in Golden shown above has been at this station since the late 1980s. Before that, it was at another Sinclair in town.

The second Sinclair dinosaur in Golden above is at another Sinclair station located east of town on Colfax.

Sinclair station
Cascade, CO
Sinclair station dinosaur
Colorado Springs, CO
Sinclair station dinosaur
Manitou Springs, CO
The Sinclair dinosaur in Cascade is located at the North Pole, a Santa-themed amusement park.

The Sinclair dinosaur in Colorado Springs has probably been here since the 1960s and is chained in place.

There are two Sinclair dinosaurs at a Sinclair station in Manitou Springs.

Sinclair station dinosaurs
Steamboat Springs, CO
Sinclair station dinosaur
Lodi, CA
These two Sinclair dinosaurs statues in Steamboat Springs are located at a Western gas station. It was previously a Sinclair station.

The Sinclair dinosaur in Lodi is the only one at a Sinclair station in California that I'm aware of. This station was a Union 76 station until 2013. This statue was installed when the brand changed.

Sinclair dinosaur
Jackson, CA
Sinclair station dinosaur
Las Vegas, NV
This Sinclair dinosaur in Jackson is located at Poor Man's Bronze. It is probably an aluminum replica of the original fiberglass statue.

There are many Sinclair stations in Las Vegas but this is the only one that I know of with a Sinclair dinosaur.

Sinclair station dinosaur
St. Louis, MO
Sinclair station dinosaur [gone]
Kansas City, MO
Although there are countless Sinclair stations in Missouri, I have only seen a few with dinosaurs.

The St. Louis dinosaur is at a Sinclair station.

The Kansas City Sinclair dinosaur disappeared in 2008 about six months after the station closed. It is believed that this statue was stolen.

Sinclair station dinosaur
Freeburg, MO
Sinclair station dinosaur
Abilene, KS
Sinclair station dinosaur [gone]
Pauls Valley, OK
The Freeburg dinosaur stands on the roof of the Dickneite Oil Company building.

The Abilene dinosaur is installed on the canopy of a former Sinclair station. The station is now a repair shop called John's Service.

The Pauls Valley dinosaur was located inside a Sinclair station's service bay when this photo was taken in 2006. By 2011, the station and dinosaur were gone.

Sinclair station
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Sinclair station
Wisconsin Dells, WI
The Sinclair dinosaur on the left above is located at a Sinclair station.

The Sinclair station half-dinosaur on the right above is at least 40 feet tall. It projects from the front of the station's convenience store. It was produced by FAST and is the only one of its kind. It has been here since at least 2006.

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