Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Steel DinosaursA T-Rex, brontosaurus and triceratops fashioned from metal at a steel fabrication company in the mid-1990s.
G.J. Oliver, Inc.
- 50 Industrial Drive, Phillipsburg, NJ
- G.J. Oliver, Inc. Exit Hwy 22 at Alpha, onto New Brunswick Ave. There's a T-intersection at Industrial Drive. Go left. The dinosaurs are on the right, on company property, but quite visible from the road.
- Private property, visible from parking lot. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Steel Dinosaurs
There are several excellent metal sculptures of dinosaurs on the property of steel fabricators G.J. Oliver, Inc. A T-Rex seems to pursue a brontosaurus across a field. Cavemen stand at a distance with clubs. The owner of the business, the late Mr. Oliver, had the prehistoric creatures created in 1995 by metal fabricator and employee Woody Houser. Made for Oliver's kids (his son John now runs things), the dinosaurs became local landmarks.
Unfortunately, the closest vantage permitted is of the triceratops through a chain-link fence surrounding a parking lot. Insurance liability prevents the company from making the statues more accessible to the public -- we admit, there were trucks and forklifts shunting around on a weekday morning, with no way to bypass. But from the main office parking lot you can see the big figures heading for the woods...[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 07/08/2012]
The steel dinosaurs are looking awesome! If you go up Avenue A at the split you get a better view of the 2 dinosaurs and the caveman. (without going on their property). Or continue up Industrial Dr. to see the one dinosaur closest to the road.[Emily, 09/12/2011]
Life-sized Steel Dinosaurs![Mandy Wright, 03/27/2009]
According to the folks at G.J. Oliver, visitors can no longer enter the field and pose with the dinosaurs. "There are forklifts and cranes running all over; it's a liability," they told us. Visitors can still admire the dinos from the road and the upper part of the parking lot.
A male friend of mine asked if I wanted to see "dinosaurs in Jersey." I was more than a bit doubtful about his intentions, but I went along. I mean, I love dinosaurs. Sure enough, just off of Hwy. 22 in the town of Alpha near the Pennsylvania border are three dinosaurs and a caveman -- all built of carbon steel. Beautiful! The most incredible was a 20-ft. tall Brachiosaurus. The first to be seen was a perfect stegasaurus. All of them are on the property of G.J. Oliver, Inc., a steel fabrication company.[Marianne Salcedo, 11/25/2003]
March 2009 - photo added.
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