Sinclair Dinosaurs (page 1)

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Sinclair Dinosaur [gone]
St. Clair, MO
This Sinclair Dinosaur statue was located at a Sinclair station when these photos were taken in 2005. The statue was chained to an underground concrete block to keep it from blowing away. The statue blew down the hill once and lost a couple feet of its tail. By 2010, this statue and the gas station were gone. It is now in a private collection. [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 dinosaurs (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, 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. There are only a couple of vintage photos of these statues: one at the gas station opening in Wilmington, IL in 1963 and another of this dinosaur on a parade float in Chicago. There may only have been a few of these statues produced. They may have been produced by Prewitt Fiberglass Animals, most likely in the early 1960s.

Sinclair 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.

Sinclair Dinosaur
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. [map]

Sinclair Dinosaur
Elwood, IL
This Sinclair Dinosaur statue is believed to have been installed at a Sinclair station in Wilmington, IL in 1963. At some point, the statue disappeared. Since 1975, this statue has been installed in a residential backyard in Elwood. G&D Tire now has one of the more modern fiberglass statues (see below).

Sinclair Dinosaur
Green Bay, WI


This Sinclair Dinosaur statue 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. In 2011, the statue was temporarily wearing a white football jersey. In 2016, the statue was repainted green. [map]

More Realistic Sinclair Dinosaurs:
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. There was not an exclusive contract with Sinclair. As long as the statues were painted different colors, IF could market them to other businesses. Many were sold to amusement parks and mini golf courses. We can assume that some of the statues shown here did not come from Sinclair stations. Sinclair decided to revive these statues in the late 1980s. A mold was made from a statue in Colorado and new ones were produced. For more, see this vintage marketing brochure from International Fiberglass [thanks Terry Nelson].

G&D Tire and Alignment
Wilmington, IL
Accurate Auto Care
Milford, MA
G&D Tire and Alignment features a Sinclair dinosaur on the roof. This building was built as a Sinclair station in 1963. In 2001, the owner of G&D bought this statue which was previously located in Chattanooga, TN. [map]

The Sinclair Dinosaur at Accurate Auto Care is installed on the roof. I don't know how long the statue has been there or when it received this custom paint job. [map]

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

Conroy's Garage has a Sinclair dinosaur on the roof and has incorporated him into the company's logo. Conroy's Oil Service has been around since 1942. This building was previously a Sinclair station. The dinosaur is from the early 1960s. When the station became a Gulf, the statue was removed. Customers missed it. So, in 1988, it was put on the roof. It was there in 2015 but gone in 2016.

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

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

This Sinclair dinosaur in Denver above is at a Sinclair station on West Colfax. [map]

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. It was chained in place when this photo was taken around 2001. By 2014, the statue was moved next to the building. [map]

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

Sinclair station dinosaurs [gone]
Steamboat Springs, CO
Sinclair dinosaur [gone]
Jackson, CA
These two Sinclair dinosaurs statues in Steamboat Springs were located at a Western gas station. It was previously a Sinclair station. These photos are from 2012. By 2015, the statues were gone.

This Sinclair dinosaur in Jackson were located at Poor Man's Bronze. It was probably an aluminum replica of the original fiberglass statue. This photo is from 2014. By 2015, the statue was gone.

Sinclair station dinosaur
Fresno, CA
Sinclair station dinosaur
Lodi, CA
Sinclair station dinosaur
Chico, CA
Sinclair station dinosaur
Las Vegas, NV

These Sinclair dinosaur in Fresno, Lodi, and Chico are recent additions. The Fresno statue was a Union 76 station. It was rebranded as a Sinclair station around 2015. This Lodi station was also a Union 76 station until 2013. This Chico station was a Shell station until around 2014. These statues were installed when the brand was changed to Sinclair. There are a lot of these other modern Sinclair dinosaurs popping up all over California. The Fresno statue is dressed in different outfits throughout the year, including knitted sweaters. When this photo was taken in 2017, the dinosaur was wearing an apron for Mother's Day. These modern statues are painted a darker green than the vintage ones. [Fresno]; [Lodi]; [Chico]

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

Sinclair station dinosaur [gone]
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 was at a Sinclair station when this photo was taken in 2005. The station is now a Phillips 66 and the statue is gone.

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. [map]

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

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
dinosaur [gone]
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Sinclair station
Wisconsin Dells, WI
The Sinclair dinosaur on the left above was located at a Sinclair station. This photo is from 2011. The statue was still there in 2012 but gone by 2016.

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. These photos are from 2011. By 2015, the station had been rebranded for CITGO but the dinosaur is still there. [map]

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