April 24, 2009

RIP Sinclair Dinosaur - Kansas City, MO

In these difficult economic times, roadside attractions suffer as much as everyone else. Which is why the Sinclair Dinosaur of Kansas City, Missouri is no more.

The Sinclair gas station used to feature a large, detailed Brontosaurus made from fiberglass. It was one of many around the United States. The original one was featured at the Chicago World's Fair of 1933/34. Sinclair was sponsoring a dinosaur exhibit to make note of the connection between the Age of the Dinosaurs and the formation of fossil fuels. It was so popular, the Sinclair dinosaur became available around the country in dolls and toys, as well as the large statue that used to stand outside the gas station in Kansas City, Missouri.

According to RoadsideArchitecture, the Sinclair gas station closed in 2008. About six months later, the dinosaur statute was gone, believed to have been stolen.

I suppose in these difficult times, it must be expected that some roadside attractions will go the way of the dinosaurs.

Total Travel Time: 25 minutes
Total Travel Distance: 19 miles
Soundtrack: "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" - Panic at the Disco


  1. What a shame. I wouldn't be surprised if a roadside Starbucks takes its place.

  2. That's too bad. Still, I can't help but wonder... Where on earth do you hide a large, detailed Brontosaurus made from fiberglass???

    This may keep me up at nights.


  3. When I was living in Tulsa, someone stole a bunch of large fiberglass penguins that decorated the city. I know at least one was thrown in the river. Yeah, the penguins were stupid - but I can't help but wonder how they stole them without someone seeing?

  4. That’s bizarre too. And then to throw it in the river…??? If this keeps up, I’ll never sleep again.