Near Glen Rose in Somervell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
World's Fair Wonders
In 1969, when fair sponsor Sinclair Oil merged with Atlantic Richfield and dropped its Dino logo, Glen Rose citizens and then-Governor Preston Smith rallied to persuade Atlantic Richfield to bring these dinosaur models here.
Dinosaur Valley State Park acquired the two most impressive models of the original nine that were featured at the 1964-65 World's Fair. After touring the country, they were installed here in time for the park's dedication on October 2, 1970.
Sinclair Oil Dinoland
Assembling a Legend!
Sculptor Louis Paul Jonas first sculpted all of the "Dinoland" exhibit models in clay. The final models were then cast in fiberglass and polyester resin and assembled in pieces on-site. This Tyrannosaurus rex model even had massive jaws that opened and closed!
Bottom Left: The 70-foot tall Apatosaurus model in front of you originally moved its neck and thrilled World's Fair visitors.
Middle Right Bottom: Workers assembling the 45ft. tall, fiberglass T. rex - Sinclair Dinoland exhibit.
Bottom Right: Pages from the 1964-65 World's Fair brochure.
Erected by Dinosaur Valley State Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Paleontology • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is October 2, 1970.
Location. 32° 14.87′ N, 97° 48.972′ W. Marker is near Glen Rose, Texas, in Somervell County. Marker is on Park Road 59, one mile north of County Highway 205, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located next to the Dinosaur Valley State Park Store. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose TX 76043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Misleading Models (here, next to this marker); Tyrannosaurus rex (a few steps from this marker); Making a Dinosaur (a few steps from this marker); Dinosaurs (a few steps from this marker); Apatosaurus (a few steps from this marker); An Ancient Story (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ancient Secrets Revealed (about 600 feet away); Deep Water Shelter (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Rose.
Also see . . . 1964 New York World's Fair.
The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair was a world's fair that held over 140 pavilions and 110 restaurants, representing 80 nations (hosted by 37), 24 US states, and over 45 corporations with the goal and result of building exhibits or attractions at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City. The immense fair covered 646 acres (2.61 km2) on half the park, with numerous pools or fountains, and an amusement park with rides near the lake. However, the fair did not receive official support or approval from the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE). Source: Wikipedia(Submitted on November 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.