Spring Hill, Florida: Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

A pink dinosaur of uncertain species -- 22 feet high and 58 feet long -- dates from 1962. Built by taxidermist Jacob Foxbower and his brother to promote the family museum, "Dinosaur Wildlife" (also may have operated as "Foxbower Wildlife Museum"). It closed in 1998, but the pink dino remains.
Address:
3273 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL
Directions:
On the west side of US 19/Commercial Way. Around 3.5 miles south of the intersection of Hwy 50/Cortez Blvd in Weeki Wachee, or around 1.5 miles north of Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill.
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Pink stegosaurus. Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

The "Pepto-Bismol Pink" dinosaur on the side of the road (US Hwy 19 south) has been there as long as I can remember (I was a mere 55 my last birthday and have lived in this area most of my life).

The man who originally built it was named 'Jake' Foxbower, a friend of my Dad and a local taxidermist, who passed away in 1988. His shop was in the building next to where the dino stands, and he had a wildlife museum, which closed in 1998.

The Hernando County Historical Society has deemed the statue a "historical site," never to be removed.

[DebbeeC., 03/02/2011]
Pink dinosaur. Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

It's in the parking lot of a barber shop.

[Bing Futch, 06/01/2010]
Spring Hill dino. Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

This dinosaur is located on the edge of old Route 19, the one-time main road from Tampa to Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida, about 3-4 miles away. Search as I try, I can't find any recent reference to him anywhere, but remember reading something about him in the past, perhaps from your own site. He's very old. I vaguely remember reading he was built about 1927. As you can see he's been well taken care of and has a nice coat of pink paint. Up the road about a mile is another larger dinosaur harboring a 3 door auto repair shop. That fellow seems to get all the publicity -- maybe the brake specials in the Sunday paper are really good.

[Aaron Farr, 08/19/2002]

Previously reported, but the color photo is nice.

Spring Hill dino. Two Dinosaurs

Two huge dinosaurs on US 19, just a mile or so south of Weeki Wachee Springs Waterpark (Intersection of Hwys. 19 & 50, near Spring Hill, Florida). Photo taken two years ago. My only regret is it's in black & white (that's the only film I had on me at the time), because this dinosaur is painted Pepto-Bismol Pink. Also located directly behind it is (or used to be) some kind of roadside-show featuring a two-headed rattlesnake. I'm not sure if it's still there. The other dinosaur, located about a mile south of the pink one. It's larger and gray, and houses an auto garage repair shop.

[Stephanie Bissonnette, 03/11/2000]

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