Dinosaur Park was built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration and, in 1990, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The iron, wire, and concrete-constructed sculptures were designed by Emmet Sullivan and were originally gray in color. In the 1950s they were repainted bright green with white details and not much, besides a little wear and tear from children climbing them, has changed since.
Five dinosaurs climb the hill: a Triceratops, a Stegosaurus, an Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus), a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and an Anatotitan.
Two others were added later near the gift shop: a Protoceratops and a Dimetrodon.
The Brontosaurus is the largest of the creatures at 80-feet long and 28-feet high and stands high above the rest. In fact, it can be seen from anywhere in the town!
The park was crafted to capitalize on the tourists coming in to see Mount Rushmore, but it is definitely a must-see for any Silly American adventurers out there who want to see some kitschy fun! Kids and adults alike have loved Dinosaur Park since the 1930s…and these dinos aren’t going extinct anytime soon!
Site: Dinosaur Park
Location: 940 Skyline Drive, Rapid City, SD
Hours: Daylight Hours.
Advisory: Steep flagstone stairs may limit handicapped accessibility.
Date: August 30, 2008