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Benicia, California: Benny the Dinosaur (Gone)

Benny the Dinosaur

Dixie, once a familiar fixture in Dixon on the drive down I-80 south from Sacramento to San Francisco, moved to Benicia and became Benny. Disappeared for a while, pieces strewn in a private field; in 2018 her ownership is under dispute.

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Dixie/Benny the Dinosaur

Benny the Dinosaur was not destroyed in the wildfire. The city of Dixon recently voted to buy Benny, however there is a dispute over who owns it.

[William, 06/18/2018]

Benny (now known by her previous name, Dixie) was recently sold by her original owner to the town of Dixon for a reported $25,000. This triggered a lawsuit from a local couple who claim that they now own Dixie. The dinosaur is currently in pieces, and somehow escaped destruction in a 2010 wildfire.

Dixie (aka Bennie) the Dinosaur

Went to see Dixie the Dinosaur (formally of Dixon, CA) at her home in Benicia, CA. Called # given on your site and was told that she had been relocated "to John's personal property." After considerable silence asked if it was still possible to see her. Was told "no," and after more said silence replied, "Oh."

[Stan Banos, 09/12/2004]

2005: Last reported as chopped up, attempted sale via eBay.

Bennie the Dinosaur

Dixie the Dinosaur: Dixie is now named Bennie. No longer a Dixon resident the name changed, too. Benicia ... Bennie!

[Jesse Akers, 01/02/1999]
Bennie (formerly Dixie) the Dinosaur

I work for the Solano County Planning Division and Dixie the Dinosaur is under our jurisdiction. You were pretty close to being right on the money with your comment "Visitors can only guess at what titanic battles have taken place here." Dixie exceeds the standard 35 feet height limit, and instead of getting the necessary permits to waive the height requirements and install the giant sprayed concrete beast, the Roscos brought her in by helicopter one weekend (while all the bureaucrats were at home).

Anyway, the owners of Cheaper! have sold almost all of their convenience store/gas stations so that they can open up as many Cigarettes Cheaper! stores as possible. It seems that the owners (self avowed haters of big government) are taking advantage of the increasing restrictions placed on the sale of tobacco products that are encouraging other stores and businesses to stop selling the cancer sticks.

Chevron / Tower Mart purchased the gas station next to Dixie, so the original owners are going to fly her to the Cheaper! corporate headquarters in Benicia where she will once again watch over freeway traffic (this time it will be I-680 instead of I-80).

[Andy Smith, 06/23/1998]

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