Sixty-five million years ago, dinosaurs went extinct. But, in the 1900s, the Bronotsaurus came back. It came back in the form of a gas station mascot: The Sinclair Oil Dinosaur. Sinclair was a popular gas station in the mid 1900s, and distinctive big green dinos were fixtures near their pumps. Most people think that those dinosaurs went extinct in 1969, when Sinclair was acquired by the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO). At that time, the iconic green dino was all but retired. However, some persisted in the near future, and the persistent road tripper can even find a dino or two out there today.
However, finding a Sinclair Station Dinosaur in Missouri was harder than I’d imagined…
One gas station would be closed.
One gas station would be open, but not have a dino in site.
Another would be turned into a used car lot.
But, finally, just at the end of my Missouri road trip, we had decided to try just one last time in St. Louis: and we were successful!
Site: The Sinclair Oil Dinosaur Location: 4317 Butler Hill Rd, St Louis, MO 63128 Cost: Free (gas will cost you) Hours: Always visible. Date:June 7, 2009
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 to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.
Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip.