Visit Santa T-Rex: an Update on the I-10 Dinosaurs

Classic Roadside Attraction Near Palm Springs

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Mr. Rex, one of the I-10 dinosaurs, has a Santa suit for the first time in 2020. (SteveUs)

Claude Bell Retires from Knott’s Berry Farm

The Wheel Inn off of Interstate-10

Dinny the Brontosaur

“In the next 30 years I’m going to build an entire family of giant dinosaurs here.”

Claude Bell

Claude Bell, the builder, stands in front of the framework for Dinny the Dinosaur.
Claude Bell, the builder, stands in front of the framework for Dinny the Dinosaur.
Claude Bell stands in front of the framework for Dinny the Dinosaur in the 1960s.

“Dinny was the first dinosaur in history, so far as I know, to be used as a building.”

Claude Bell

Brontosaurus vs. Apatosaurus Controversy

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Dinny the Dinosaur turned green in 2020. He was originally brown. (SteveUs)

Mr. Rex the Tyrannosaurus Rex

“It’s going to be a Tyrannosaurus rex. You know, the one that stands upright and has those terrifying dagger-like teeth.”

Claude Bell

Claude Bell Dies

“On his drawing board when he died were a giant mastodon and a saber-toothed tiger.”

Burt Folkart, L.A. Times

Dinosaurs Now Part of a Creationist Museum

Ideas on how Turn a Visit to the I-10 Dinosaurs into a Science Lesson

Geologic Time Scale
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Geologic Time Scale. Notice where humans are in relation to dinosaurs
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Royal Tyrrell Museum)

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this amazing example of Novelty Architecture. The photos alone will make it work the road trip. Continue east to take more photos at the Palm Springs Windmills. Visit another midcentury roadside attraction, the giant knight, at Shields Date Farm in Indio.

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Kimberly is a writer, teacher, speaker. She writes about mythology, nature, and bold women who drove social change in midcentury America https://kimberlyus.com/

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