Rapid City, South Dakota: Lonely Dinosaur

Miles outside of the city, this origins of this solitary dino statue remain a mystery.
Address:
Hwy 44, Rapid City, SD
Directions:
From downtown Rapid City -- jct of US Hwy 16 and Hwy 44/Omaha St. -- drive east on Hwy 44 for 30.5 miles. You'll see the blue dinosaur on the north side of the highway. A small road leads to it.
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I was driving down Highway 44 when I saw a lonely dinosaur. There is a field entrance near him that I pulled into to take the photo. I didn't get extremely close, but he appeared to still be in good shape.

[Melinda Bryan, 07/02/2011]

Local landmark was attempt by owners of tiny Creston, to get travelers to pull off (Perhaps to see if there were more dinosaurs? There weren't).

Lonely dinosaur. Lonely Dinosaur

I noticed this sole Brontosaurus about eight years ago, run-down and looking his age (built during the Depression, probably by the same folks who erected Dinosaur Park in Rapid City). He had crumbling holes showing his re-bar skeleton, and was covered in graffiti. This summer I went by him again and was pleased to find he's been restored, complete with bicycle reflectors for eyes and mouth (there's even a plaque commemorating the makeover). I'm still not sure why he's there in the first place.

[luther rochester, 10/18/2004]

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