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Wednesday
Sep282011

World's Fair dinosaurs stand guard In Texas

Travel about an hour west of Dallas TX, past acres and acres of ranches and natural gas drilling sites, and you come to the quiet town of Glen Rose. 

Today, Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, TX, stands where a fascinating discovery was made that ultimately led to this tiny town becoming home to two of the Sinclair Oil dinosaurs from the World's Fair. As Maude at the park gift shop explained to us, (and she'd be happy to tell you as well, if you visit) through a series of coincidences, Roland T. Bird from the American Museum of Natural History visited the area in 1938, after receiving word of a set of dinosaur tracks in the area. Bird ended up removing a portion of the tracks for inclusion in the museum. Thankfully plenty of tracks remain, and the park is home to some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world, specifically from sauropods and theropods. 

The Sinclair dinosaurs from the 1964-65 NY World' Fair ended up on display throughout the US. After the travelling tour of the Sinclair dinosaurs was complete, in 1970 ARCO (who had purchased Sinclair Oil) donated the T-Rex and Brontosaurus (or Apatosaurus) to the park. They now stand and keep watch over real dinosaur tracks! If you find yourself near Dallas TX with an afternoon to spare, be sure to stop by Glen Rose, and say hi to Maude for us!