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.
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 rail, a big green dino, we, of course, pulled over.
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).
On the beautiful, scenic drive, it was a welcome change of pace to see at least a few silly sites.
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.
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.
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
Address: Sandhill Oil Co., 39397 NE-2, Thedford, NE 69166
Cost: Free to See, gas prices vary
Hours: Always Visible, Gas & Diesel 24 hours