Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois

Traveling Route 66 or taking an Illinois road trip? You’ll want to go the way of the dinosaur and visit this fun stop: the Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois.

Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois

In 1963 a Sinclair service station opened on Route 66 in Wilmington, Illinois. The business of course had one of the company’s signature mascots: a bright green fiberglass brontosaurus (now known as an Apatosaurus) statue. (See a photo of the original building here.)

The business eventually closed and the dinosaur eventually was taken down and disappeared but, when a new owner, Gary Geiss, bought the property in 2001, he was determined to bring a Sinclair fiberglass dinosaur back home. He purchased an 80-pound fiberglass Sinclair dinosaur that formerly stood at a gas station from Chattanooga, Tennessee and had the look-a-like added to his roof.

Stop by BTI Tire & Alignment to see this rooftop Sinclair dinosaur.

Wilmington, Illinois is also home to one of the most recognizable Illinois Route 66 roadside attractions: the Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad Drive In.

Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois
Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois
Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois
Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois

Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur

Address: BTI Tire & Alignment, 205 E Baltimore St #201, Wilmington, IL 60481
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always visible (business open Monday-Friday, 8AM–5PM)

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Traveling Route 66 or taking an Illinois road trip? You'll want to go the way of the dinosaur and visit this fun stop: the Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois. Be sure to visit this Illinois roadside attraction on your summer road trip.  #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #Illinois #Illinois RoadTrip #RoadTrip #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAttractions #Illinois RoadsideAttraction

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!