Brookshire, Texas: Tywheelosaurus Rex

A large dinosaur sculpture cleverly fashioned from car wheel rims. Ready to leap from a rooftop.
Directions:
Westbound on I-10 from Houston, take the Peach Ridge exit, stay on the feeder. If you're coming eastbound on I-10, the only way to get to the sculpture is to take the Peach Ridge exit, take a left on the first stop sign, go under the freeway and go under the freeway again, the Tywheelosaurus is a few hundred feet before the eastbound exit ramp.
Hours:
2019: Reported missing during construction.

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Tywheelosaurus Rex

There's a lot of construction in the area. We looked really hard for this thing and couldn't find it. I think it's gone.

[Flamingo, 10/15/2019]

Tywheelosaurus Rex.

Tywheelosaurus Rex

Tywheelosaurus is still there as of 3/19/2018. It was made to grab attention for the River Bridge Safari Park, an I-10 roadside attraction about 1/4 mile away down Seidel Rd, back at the curve at the railroad bridge/Brazos River. Back in the 1980s Tywheelosaurus was motorized with a rocking oil rig motor, housed inside the trailer, which rocked it up and down pivoting at the hips. It was also illuminated at night -- I saw these things back in the day. That motor was noisy, I do remember. River Bridge Park originally had exotic animals in cages (1980s-'90s), horseback rides, picnic grounds, a nice swimming pool, and a go kart track.

[mysterious_traveler, 03/29/2018]
Tywheelosaurus Rex

I have lived in the area for a long time, and the Tywheelosaurus Rex has been there since the 1980s. In the old days, when it was newly constructed, it was animated, moving up and down by means of a motor housed inside the trailer that the dinosaur stands upon. I'm guessing that the motor was from an oilfield rig. It was also lit at night by floodlights, which was cool.

[mysterious_traveler, 03/21/2018]
Tywheelosaurus Rex

Lame and neglected. Tywheelosaurus Rex is in severe disrepair and overgrown with weeds.

[R Mogel, 04/15/2017]
Tywheelosaurus Rex

The dinosaur, made out of steel car wheels, is an advertisement for a now long-gone roadside zoo. If you go down the road that parallels the Brazos River next to the Tywheelosaurus Rex, on the left you will see the overgrown cages of a zoo and small amusement park that included tigers and many other exotic animals (Looks like their living conditions weren't very good).

Down at the end of the road is a home (fenced private property) where the owner bought up all the amusements including a small tram train. You may be able to see some of them from the road.

[Frankie, 02/16/2010]

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