|Virginia Dinosaurs (page 2)|
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|These two Dinosaurs stood in front of Plant Land, a garden center, when these photos were taken in 2007. Does anyone know the history of these statues or where they came from? By 2014, it appeared just the Triceratops statue shown in the bottom row above was still there. [map]|
|About a dozen fiberglass dinosaurs were installed around this town in 2003. They are the work of Mark Cline who has many other creations at his Enchanted Castle Studios in nearby Natural Bridge, VA. In 2010 (bottom photo), there was only one dinosaur statue left in town. That statue was still there in 2012. The rest of them were moved to Dinosaur Kingdom (see below). For more, see this website. [map]|
|Escape from Dinosaur Kingdom [gone]
Natural Bridge, VA
|Escape from Dinosaur Kingdom was also created by Mark Cline. Unlike most dinosaur parks, this one had an unusual theme. There were scenes of Union Army soldiers battling with dinosaurs. In addition to the dinosaur figures, Cline's Haunted Monster Museum was on the same property. In 2012, there was a major fire. The Monster Museum was destroyed but it sounds like many of these statues survived. I believe the ones that could be salvaged have been moved to Cline's studio. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.|
|This dinosaur and giant alligator mouth are installed in front of the Luray Zoo. Mark Cline built this 18 foot tall dinosaur in 1985. This was his first dinosaur statue. Cline created the alligator mouth around 1989. The owner wanted one that looked like the entrance at Gatorland. The zoo was known as the Luray Reptile Center then. It became the Luray Zoo in 2001. There may be a camel statue inside. However, the place was closed when I was there so I didn't get to check. In 2012, the sign with the snake was missing. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]|
More Virginia Dinosaurs::
Grand Caverns (Grottoes)
Shenandoah Caverns (Quicksburg)
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