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Laramie, Wyoming: Big Brown T. Rex Made of Copper

Retired college professor Samuel H. "Doc" Knight spent over 4,000 hours hand-hammering copper plates onto this 45-foot-long T. Rex. He unveiled it April 11, 1964.

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY
University of Wyoming, Geological Survey Bldg. on the corner of 11th and Lewis. A short walk between the Engineering and Geological Survey Bldgs, then turn right and he's in the trees.
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Big Brown T. Rex Made of Copper

The walking directions are accurate, however I don't think they mentioned that it seems like you're walking through a service alley. But it really is less that a block to walk from the end of 11th.

[brett and buster, 07/05/2017]


Big Brown T. Rex Made of Copper

What a great find! Thought we would only be seeing this big guy and ended up finding out we could also go through the geological museum for free. Loved it!

[Cheri Miedema, 07/02/2016]

June 2019: Photo added.

T-Rex on the campus.

Copper Dinosaur - T-Rex

This life size dinosaur is made of copper and was built by Samuel H. Knight. It sits beside the Geological Survey Bldg. on the University of Wyoming campus.

[Joe Boulter, 09/30/2007]
Copper T-Rex

A life-sized dinosaur is made of copper plates welded together. It stands in front of the Geology Museum on the University of Wyoming campus. Stop in and see it. Grab a pine cone from the tree nearby and try and lob it into the dino's mouth!

[A Hendrickson, 11/04/2006]
Big copper T-Rex

Some well-known sculptor built a copper (or bronze) T-Rex in front of the U of Wyoming Geology Museum. I saw it being built inside a wooden structure in the early 1960s. In the dark room, with only the strip of light the open door allowed in, the T-Rex, almost finished, was TERRIFYING (to this then-child, anyhow).

[Eloise, 01/05/2001]

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