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Utah Dinosaurs (page 2)

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Dinosaur Safari [gone]
West Yellowstone, MT

Utah Field House of Natural History
Dinosaur Garden
Vernal, UT
The Utah Field House of Natural History features a museum and an outdoor Dinosaur Garden with the statues shown above. Fourteen of the fiberglass statues were produced in the early 1960s by Elbert H. Porter. He was inspired by the dinosaur fossils in Vernal, UT. Porter taught art and sculpture at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT from 1947-1962. These statues were originally part of Porter's studio and public display known as "Dinosaur World" which was located in or near Salt Lake City. They were later moved to the Dinosaur Safari park in West Yellowstone, MT (see postcards above). The park was open from the 1960s until the early 1970s. At that point, the statues were moved to Orderville, UT. They were displayed there at a park known as Dinosaurland until at least 1976.

In 1977, the state of Utah purchased the statues for the Field House. They were installed at the museum in 1978. When the museum moved down the road in 2004, the statues were brought along. There are also more recent dinosaur statues in the Garden that were created by David A. Thomas. [Dinosaur Safari scans thanks Sharon Marie] [map]

former Utah Field House of Natural History
Vernal, UT
This building was the former location of the Utah Field House of Natural History. The collections and other dinosaurs were moved down the street a bit to bigger digs in 2004. This dinosaur threesome was created by Millard Fillmore Malin from 1962-1964. It was installed here in front of the old building in 1964. They will eventually be transported to the new museum. The museum's other fiberglass dinosaurs (described above) were easier to move than these cement and granite statues. [map]

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