Erie, Kansas: Erie Dinosaur Park

Around 20 detailed, life-size skeletal dinosaurs made of welded steel that formerly stood on the lawn of the late Robert Dorris, who called it "Dinosaur Not So National Park." Opened in its new spot with its new name in July 2015.
E. 4th St., Erie, KS
Southeast side of town, on the north side of E. 4th St. at the corner of S. Walnut St., three blocks east of S. Main St.
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Erie Dinosaur Park

We went in March, and found it to be closed and by appointment only.

[Katie, 03/31/2017]
Erie Dinosaur Park

The dinosaurs have been moved to the corner of 4th and Walnut in Erie, Kansas.

[Kathy Brennon, 03/26/2015]

The skeletal dinos were made of old metal farm machinery parts by the late Robert Dorris, who displayed them in his yard south of town for years.

Dinosaur Not So National Park

It has recently been reported that the park will be moved to the city of Erie, on Highway 59 north of Highway 47. The city has reserved a space for the dinosaurs at a local park. At this time the date for moving is not set.

[Mark Bergmann, 07/23/2014]

Please keep us posted!

Car parts dinosaur.

Dinosaur Not So National Park

At this site, just as you make the turn west on 49 highway and a half mile to the north, you will find numerous dinosaur skeletons made of car parts. The idea was that of a man who wanted children to come see them.

The creator, Robert Dorris, died two years ago, but his wife and son live at the house and are very nice. There is only one dinocar that children can climb on, but it's there so that small children can get their pictures taken.

[Leif Anderson, 05/11/2010]

Dinosaur Not So National Park.

Dinosaur Not So National Park

From big ones to winged ones, this roadside attraction has them all. Started less than twenty years ago as a joke, Mr. Robert Dorris has carefully and thoughtfully welded each of his near twenty dinosaurs to perfection. He took the name from the real national park, and from there his story begins. His wife said that at first he just made small ones for her desk, but both of their children urged him to go bigger. She also said that after going to the Smithsonian in D.C. he was inspired to build the largest one, which is over thirty feet long.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Dorris welcome visitors to drive in, photograph and enjoy the sculptures. They would also really enjoy it if you stoped at the house to speak to them.

[Tom Landers, 06/10/2006]

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