The Sinclair Dinosaur, or “Dino” as he’s called, has become a popular advertising icon and roadside attraction. Road trippers from across the nation seek out these big green fiberglass creatures to see, take photos of, and even climb on top of to “dino sit.” As such, there are certainly a few bucket list worthy dinosaurs that are treasured by roadside attraction hunters: the dinosaur-shaped gas station in Spring Hill, Florida; the giant Sinclair dinosaur in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; and this, the Sinclair Gas Station Dinosaur in Sinclair, Wyoming (home of the oil refinery).
Sinclair Oil’s executive offices are in Utah, but the company has two refineries in Wyoming. One is in Casper and the other in the aptly named Sinclair. This refinery, which opened in 1924, produces 85,000 barrels per day.
The town was originally named Parco after the Producers & Refiners Corporation (PARCO) who founded an oil refinery in town. When Sinclair acquired the company, they renamed the town.
Off Interstate 80. Adjacent to the refinery is a Sinclair gas station with a beloved Dinosaur at the helm.
Sinclair started using the Apatosaurus (then known as Brontosaurus) in their marketing in the 1930s to promote lubricants that were made from from crude oil believed to have formed when dinosaurs inhabited the planet. Originally, dozens of dinos were used to promote the company but through the years the big green Apatosaurus stuck.
While there are many of these fiberglass dinos at gas stations across the US (such as the ones on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway or in South Dakota) how often can you say you saw a Sinclair Dinosaur in Sinclair, Wyoming? It’s for sure a must-see Wyoming roadside attraction on any road trip through the state!
Sinclair Gas Station Dinosaur in Sinclair, Wyoming
Address: I-80 Travel Plaza & Restaurant, I-80 & Exit 221, Sinclair, WY 82334
Hours: Open 24 Hours
Cost: Free to See