Something of a local icon, this fiberglass triceratops has been in Louisville, Kentucky, for decades. Property of the science center, it is currently in the parking lot of a factory in the downtown area. It is still owned by the Louisville Science Center, but its future and conservation is unclear. Join us as we explore some of its history.
|Dino, as seen from the skies. Bing Maps photo.|
Originally built for the 1964 World's Fair in New York, the Louisville Triceratops was one of a set of eight large scale fiberglass dinosaurs built for the Sinclair Gas Station display. While they are now scattered throughout the US, at one time they were on tour together, making stops in major cities across the country. They were then disbursed, and the triceratops ended up as property of the Louisville Science Center.
|Dino at the science center, 1980s.|
|Dino, October 2013.|
|Nose seam, beginning to come apart.|
|Sinclair dino, courtesy of a local collector.|
|Complete set of all the Sinclair dinos, same owner. They came in several colors each, as shown here.|
The T-Rex is in Glenrose, Texas, at the Dinosaur Valley State Park
The Brontosaurus is in Glenrose, Texas, at the Dinosaur Valley State Park
The Ankylosaurus is at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, in Texas.
The Corythosaurus in at the Riverside Park in Independence, Kansas.
The Stegosaurus ended up at Dinosaur National Monument, Vernal, Utah.
The Struthiomimus is at the Milwaukee County Museum in Wisconsin
The Trachodon is at the Brookfield Zoo, in Chicago, Illinois
The Ornitholestes, at just six feet in length, has just disappeared. Hopefully its in a private collection somewhere.
At the World's Fair, and while on tour, children both young and old could get copies of an interesting little booklet about the dinos on display. While full of factually questionable stuff, its still a pretty neat piece of marketing history. Here is the book, in its entirety.
|A copy stamped with the address of a Louisville gas station address.|
Some more links of interest:
Link to Facebook page to save the dino.
Creepy Classics article on the dinos.
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