Utah Dinosaurs (page 1)

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Vernal, UT
mini Dinah
Vernal, UT
Dinah is a 40 foot tall pink fiberglass Brontosaurus with long lashes. She was built in 1958 when George Millecam, the owner of the Dine-a-Ville Motel, decided to build some dinosaurs to attract customers. His wife had made a five inch tall model of Dinah. They had the YESCO sign company in Salt Lake City build the statue. Millecam, a carpenter, built four other cement dinosaurs himself from photos that he found at the library. His dinosaur park flopped and after two years, the motel property was bought by a credit union. In 1999 when the motel was demolished, the statue was donated to the City and moved to the east entrance of town. In 2007, her eyes were restored to move back and forth. These photos are from 2012. In 2014, the statue was restored. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

This mini Dinah sign is located at JB's restaurant. I'm not sure if it was ever affiliated with the Dine-a-Ville Motel or if it was a later creation. [map]

Vernal, UT
The 23 foot tall T-Rex was the final dinosaur built by George Millecam for the Dine-a-Ville Motel. It is located at the motel's original location at the western entrance to town. The other three dinosaurs were moved to nearby Dinosaur, CO. The statue is dressed in different costumes throughout the year. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [photos of T-Rex in costume in the second, third, and fourth rows above thanks Glade Allred] [map]

Dinosaur Motel
Vernal, UT
The Dinosaur Motel is now known as the Best Western Dinosaur Inn. This dinosaur sign remains. It was most likely inspired by the Dine-a-Ville Motel statue/sign shown above which preceded it. [map]

Jensen, UT
The Dinosaur appears to be a Millecam statue although I can't find anything to confirm it. It was supposedly built in the late 1940s. The photo of the statue at the top left is from when it was painted pink and located at a Utoco gas station. Apparently, the statue was not painted pink for long since it was painted green in the 1950s. This gas station was either torn down or the statue was moved. In the 1990s, the Dinosaur Village RV Campground and Mobile Home Park was located behind the statue which was painted brown. [map]

Jensen, UT


This Brontosaurus, technically, a Sauropod, stands in front of the Dinosaur Gateway gift shop. The store was previously known as the Dinosaur Quarry Gift Shop. The statue originally had light bulb eyes and a leather saddle on his neck for photo-ops. However, by 2012, the saddle and stairs for photo-ops had been removed. A fence was installed to deter tourists from climbing on the statue. In 2015, the statue was repainted. The saddle was still missing in 2018. [map]

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