|New York Dinosaurs|
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|Petrified Creatures Museum of Natural History
Richfield Springs, NY
|The Petrified Creatures Museum of Natural History opened in 1934 as a fossil museum. It had been a tourist attraction on US 20 for many years before John Mlecz bought it. He added these five giant dinosaurs in the 1950s. When Mlecz passed away, his wife took over running the place. Around 2002, they added mailboxes with recordings for each dinosaur (sound effects and a few facts). When these photos were taken in 2004, some restoration and painting was underway. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.|
|Museum of the Earth
|The Museum of the Earth Dinosaur is a life-sized Coelophysis. The 10 foot long bronze statue was installed in 2009. It was created by Yure Berkeley Lima de Alencar.|
Lake George, NY
The Angelica Dinosaur is installed next to a pond on someone's front lawn. It has been here since at least 1969.
The Magic Forest Dinosaur is one of several dinosaurs that have been added recently to the enormous statue collection at this amusement park. For some others, see the Giant Men at this page. [photo thanks to David Carlson]
The pink Brewster Dinosaur was 26 feet tall. It was located at the Dinosaur Track and Mineral Museum. The museum featured 1,000 dinosaur tracks and a gift shop. This statue was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It was there until at least 1982. [postcard thanks Steve Sabatka]
1964-65 New York World's Fair
New York, NY
|on tour, March 1967
The Sinclair Oil Exhibit at the New York World's Fair from 1964-1965 was called "Dinoland". It featured nine life-size fiberglass dinosaurs. Louis Paul Jonas, a sculptor whose studio is still active today, took three years to build them. With a team of paleontologists, engineers and robotics experts, the dinosaurs were the most accurate ever built. When they were finished, the dinosaurs were floated from Upstate New York down the Hudson River on a barge to New York City. It was something to see!
After the Fair, the dinosaurs were put on flatbed trucks and toured the country. They appeared on a float in the 1966 Macy's Day Parade in New York (accompanied by a giant balloon of Sinclair's Dino who was part of the parade until the late 1970s). After the parade, the dinosaurs went back on the road. One of their stops was in Vestal, NY. [Birmingham photos above thanks to Tim Hollis].
When the Smithsonian Museum rejected the statues, they were dispersed to different parks: the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Apatosaurus to Glen Rose, TX; the Triceratops to Louisville, KY's Museum of Science & Industry and/or Windsor, ON; the Stegosaurus to Dinosaur National Monument in Jensen, UT (a copy is now also at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History); the Corythosaurus to Independence, KS; the Ankylosaurus to the Houston Museum of Natural Science); the Struthiomimus to the Milwaukee Museum; and the Trachodon to the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL. The Ornitholestes was stolen and never recovered. However, copies from the original mold have been made and are displayed in New Jersey and Calgary, AB.