Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska

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If you’re taking a road trip and pass a Sinclair Gas Station it is required that you slow the car down to a crawl and carefully observe the property to see if there is an elusive dinosaur statue on site. And, if there is, if you see a Sinclair dino, you must immediately point and yell, “DINO!” and swerve to pull into the station to say hello and take some photos.

Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

That’s what happened when we found this Sinclair dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska. We had already passed several Sinclair stations earlier in the day, but there had, so far, been no dino sightings. So when we finally spotted the holy grail, a big green dino, we, of course, pulled over.

Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

Thedford is a small town in Nebraska, with a population of only 188 (2010 census). It’s located on the Nebraska Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, so we passed through while driving the route from Grand Island to Alliance (to see Carhenge, the Stonehenge replica made from cars) by way of Cairo (to see the camel and pyramid).

Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

On the beautiful, scenic drive, it was a welcome change of pace to see at least a few silly sites.

Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

This was the first Sinclair dinosaur in the Sandhills that we saw, though later was another to be found in Hyannis. And, on our western road trip there were even more dinos left to see.

Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

Wyoming and Utah were crawling with them. So much so that it became impossible to stop at every dino we saw. We did, though, manage to see two bucket list roadside dinosaurs: the one in Sinclair, Wyoming and the life-size version in Wisconsin Dells.

Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

But even if this was just a normal Sinclair dinosaur, it was still a welcome site! You might even say it was a DINO-MITE roadside attraction!

Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions
Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions
Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska

Address: Sandhill Oil Co., 39397 NE-2, Thedford, NE 69166
Cost: Free to See, gas prices vary
Hours: Always Visible, Gas & Diesel 24 hours


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Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions
Sinclair Dinosaur in Thedford, Nebraska at a Sinclair Gas Station on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Nebraska Roadside Attractions
Val

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 over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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