Texas Dinosaurs (page 1)

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Canadian, TX
This dinosaur is 50 feet long and 17 feet tall. I don't know when it was built. It was created by Gene Cockrell who calls her Audry. The dinosaur is high on a hill south of town. Cockrell also has many smaller cement statues in his yard in town. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Sir Goony Golf Dinosaur
Dallas, TX
Cascade Caverns
Boerne, TX
This former Sir Goony Golf Dinosaur stood in front of E&E Auto Sales when these photos were taken in 2008. By 2012, the business had become No Limit Motors and the statue had been painted blue and white. By 2015, there was another used car dealership there now and the dinosaur was green and yellow. I don't know if there was originally a mini golf on this property or if this guy was transported here. For examples of these dinosaurs in their native environment, see this page. [map]

This dinosaur at Cascade Caverns is meant to represent a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The statue was created as a prop for the 1993 movie "Father Hood." This dinosaur's foam composition is now showing through. [map]

Grendel the Dinosaur
San Antonio, TX
Grendel the Dinosaur poses at the entrance of Natural Bridge Caverns which has cave formations and a wildlife ranch. Grendel keeps a watchful eye over her shoulder at her two offspring (one just hatching from an egg) and tourists posing on her back. There's a staircase behind her creating this opportunity. Natural Bridge Caverns was discovered in 1960 and was turned into a tourist attraction in 1964. I assume these dinosaurs were built around then. For more, see this website. [map]

Wharton, TX
This fiberglass Brontosaurus was built in 1992. The statue is 20 feet tall and 77 feet long. It is installed in a small park near the Colorado River. It looks like the dinosaur's eyes might be lit up at night. [map]

Alley Oop Fantasy Land
Iraan, TX
Alley Oop Fantasy Land, or more officially the Alley Oop Museum & Fantasy Land Park, opened in 1965. The park was dedicated to V.T. Hamlin, the creator of the Alley Oop comic strip, who lived in town. Dinny was Alley Oop's pet stegosaurus and is represented here as a 65 feet long, 16 feet tall statue. The metal bust of Oop is 20 feet tall. There was once a slide from his cigar through his head, and another along his shoulder. I didn't notice either when I was there so possibly they have been phased out. Dinny and Alley Oop had been recently restored when these photos were taken in 2008. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

The Dinosaur Park
Cedar Creek, TX
The Dinosaur Park opened around 2004 and features several life-sized dinosaurs along a trail. There is also a great gift shop and fun activities for kids. For more, see this website.

Grand Prairie, TX
The Grand Prairie Dinosaurs are installed in front of Ripley's Believe It or Not. There is another one at their San Francisco, CA location. I believe these three were created by Larry Godwin who has created many sculptures car bumpers such as this Rooster. These dinosaurs were originally located in Dallas, TX at Fair Park's Museum of Natural History. The exhibit was known as Chromassic Park. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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