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 museum, "Dinosaur Wildlife" (also may have operated as "Foxbower Wildlife Museum"). It closed in 1998, but the dino remains, and was restored in 2015. It has always been pink.
Address:
3273 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL
Directions:
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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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]

Pink dinosaur.

Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

It's in the parking lot of a barber shop.

[Bing Futch, 06/01/2010]

Spring Hill dino.

Pepto-Bismol Pink Dinosaur

This dinosaur is located on the edge of old Route 19, the one-time main road from Tampa to Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida, about 3-4 miles away. Search as I try, I can't find any recent reference to him anywhere, but remember reading something about him in the past, perhaps from your own site. He's very old. I vaguely remember reading he was built about 1927. As you can see he's been well taken care of and has a nice coat of pink paint. Up the road about a mile is another larger dinosaur harboring a 3 door auto repair shop. That fellow seems to get all the publicity -- maybe the brake specials in the Sunday paper are really good.

[Aaron Farr, 08/19/2002]

Previously reported, but the color photo is nice.


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