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Spring Hill, Florida: Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

A pink dinosaur of uncertain species -- 22 feet high and 58 feet long -- dates from 1962. Built by taxidermist Jacob Foxbower and his brother to promote the family's Dinosaur Wildlife Museum (later Foxbower Wildlife Museum). The museum closed in 1998; the dino remains. It was restored in 2015. It has always been pink.

3273 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL
On the west side of US 19/Commercial Way. Around 3.5 miles south of the intersection of Hwy 50/Cortez Blvd in Weeki Wachee, or around 1.5 miles north of Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill.
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Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur.

Pepto-Bismol Dino Erected: Nov. 27, 1962

Jacob Foxbower loved taxidermy and children. In 1960 he opened a wildlife museum on Highway 19 in Spring Hill, Florida, but apparently not enough kids wanted to see his dead animals. So Jacob changed the attraction name from Foxbower Wildlife Museum to Dinosaur Wildlife Museum, and his brother and he built a roadside dinosaur. Of uncertain species -- 22 feet high and 58 feet long -- it was completed on November 27, 1962, just in time for the winter tourist season. Despite its new name, the museum had no dinosaurs, and the one out by the highway was painted pink (an eye-catching Pepto-Bismol pink); Jacob never explained why. He is long gone, as is his museum, yet the dinosaur remains, its new owners dutifully repainting it pink every few years.

[ Team, 11/27/2022]

Pink dinosaur.

Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

This giant dinosaur sits right beside the road. It being pink just makes you laugh and think of The Flintstones. There is parking right beside her.

[EC, 01/07/2021]

Pink dinosaur in holiday mood.

Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

The Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur decorated for Christmas.

[Dan Mozgai, 12/23/2019]

Pink Dinosaur.

Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

The Pink Dinosaur stands near Weeki Wachee State Park.

[Yvette Pryor, 07/16/2017]

Pink stegosaurus.

Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

The "Pepto-Bismol Pink" dinosaur on the side of the road (US Hwy 19 south) has been there as long as I can remember (I was a mere 55 my last birthday and have lived in this area most of my life).

The man who originally built it was named 'Jake' Foxbower, a friend of my Dad and a local taxidermist, who passed away in 1988. His shop was in the building next to where the dino stands, and he had a wildlife museum, which closed in 1998.

The Hernando County Historical Society has deemed the statue a "historical site," never to be removed.

[DebbeeC., 03/02/2011]

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