Oregon Dinosaurs (page 2)

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Dinosaur [gone]
Portland, OR
This Dinosaur statue was 65 feet long and 21 feet high. It was installed in front of OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, during the China's Ancient Giants exhibit in 2008. This Mamenchisaurus is the longest-necked dinosaur that ever existed. The statue is gone now.

Thunderbeast Park
Chiloquin, OR
Thunderbeast Park was a dinosaur park built in 1962 that focused on the less known dinosaur species. There were about a dozen statues. It is believed that Ernie Nelson was the artist behind these figures. He built the statues for the Prehistoric Gardens in Port Orford, OR. The Park went bankrupt in the 1990s and many of the dinosaurs were sold. The rest of them sat abandoned for many years. In 2000, the property was bought by Hub City Chrome. In addition to this statue by the road, there are a few dilapidated dinosaurs behind the building. However, the owners are not at all welcoming to visitors wishing to take photos. By 2021, the statue's head was missing. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Dinosaur [gone]
Mount Angel, OR
This Dinosaur statue was installed at a roadside fruit stand. There was no identification but it appeared to be from the 1950s or 1960s. It might have been created by Ernie Nelson. The statue burned down in 2002. [photo thanks Steve Sabatka]

Newport, OR
Nessie is the nickname for this statue representing the Yaquina Bay Sea Monster that was caught in 1992. The 20-foot-long statue is on display at Aquarium Village, a complex of retail shops. The sea monster is believed to have been a Kronosaurus Queenslandicus or Crown Lizard, now extinct. These photos are from 2008. The statue was repainted in 2015. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

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