North Carolina Dinosaurs

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Cherokee, NC
This Triceratops statue stands next to the Second Time Around consignment shop. No one seems to remember where it came from or how long it has been here. These photos are from 2007. By 2010, the statue had been repainted. The store next to the statue has closed and the statue has faded again. For more, see this website. [map]

Wilson, NC
This Dinosaur statue is installed in front of the Freeman Round House Museum. The museum was built as a house by Oliver Nestus Freeman in the 1940s. Freeman also built animal statues and fountains on his property. This seven-foot-tall concrete dinosaur was created sometime before Freeman's death in 1955. It was moved to the Round House Museum in 2003. I assume that the LED tubing is used to light up the dinosaur at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Brontosaurus and Mammoth
Durham, NC
This Brontosaurus and Mammoth are located on the former Pre-History Trail which was constructed in 1967. The statue is 77 feet long and 30 feet tall. It was one of several statues built of lumber, cement, and hardware cloth by the Museum of Life & Science. The trail was closed after damage from Hurricane Fran in 1996. The statue continued to deteriorate and then, in 2009, he was vandalized and decapitated. The Museum restored his head, patched holes in his body, and installed a new fence to protect him. There were the remains of a few other statues in the woods including this Mammoth when these photos were taken in 2010. I'm told that the Mammoth is still there in 2014 and looks about the same as he does in this photo. For more, see this website.

Dinosaur Trail
Durham, NC
The Museum of Life and Science's new Dinosaur Trail opened in 2009. It is permanent exhibit.

More North Carolina:
Jurassic Putt (Nags Head)

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