Weird California
Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese

Sinclair Dinosaurs

Map Alamo Sinclair
1 Broadway Street, Alamo, Nevada 89001

Map 1530 West Texas Street, Fairfield, California 94533

Map Bell Plastics
2020 National Ave, Hayward, California 94541

Map 16307 Main Street, Hesperia, California 92345

Map 4005 N Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130

Map 5680 S Pecos Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89120

Map 2151 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
(W. Lake Mead Boulevard and N. Rancho Dr)

Map 14749 North Thornton Road, Lodi, California 95242

Map 1637 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, California 90731

Map 570 E Street, Williams, California 95987

Sinclair Dinosaur in Lodi, CA
Sinclair Dinosaur in Lodi, CA

Sinclair Dinosaur in Las Vegas
Sinclair Dinosaur in Las Vegas

The Sinclair Oil Corporation has been around since May 1st, 1916 when Harry Sinclair combined eleven different petroleum companies into one. In 1930, the corporation chose as its logo a silhouette of a large green dinosaur, at the time known as a brontosaurus. This cute green dinosaur is the company's mascot and it made its first appearance at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 - 1934. Over the next several decades, Dino, the brontosaurus mascot would make many other appearances, often with his friends, other dinosaurs including a T-Rex and a Stegosaurus, among other dinosaurs species. Some of these dinosaurs are still on display at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas. By the sixties and seventies they had several fiberglass statues made by International Fiberglass of their green sauropod, placing them at various service stations.

International Fiberglass made them in two different sizes - a 12 foot long, 4 and 1/2 foot wide, 85 pound version and an 8 foot, 3 and 1/2 foot, 60 pound version. Since Sinclair did not have an exclusive contract with International Fiberglass, as long as the dinosaur was painted a different color, the company could sell the same type of statue to other buyers, and often did, causing non green Sinclair Dinosaurs to appear in places like miniature golf courses. After International Fiberglass no longer operated and Sinclair decided to make more fiberglass mascots, a mold was taken from an existing statue.

Although pretty common in other states, especially Colorado, these green fiberglass statues, until recently, had very little presence on the West Coast. California only had one Sinclair Dinosaur, a colorfully painted relic probably from a former service station that originally was located at a Shoe Biz store in San Francisco. I'm not even sure he was an actual Sinclair Dinosaur, but he had resided at the store on Haight Street since 1975, often changing colors and declaring that no one sit on him. Sadly he was stolen at the end of January 2016, but was returned anonymously all repainted. The location is a different business now.

Sinclair Dinosaur
Sinclair Dinosaur
Sinclair Dinosaur
Sinclair Dinosaur
Sinclair Dinosaur
Sinclair Dinosaur

But luckily for lovers of fiberglass dinosaurs, over the past few years there's been a return of Dino, the Sinclair Dinosaur, to both California and Nevada as both states have seen more Sinclair branded service stations slowly popping up all over the place. For example, in California, in 2013 a Union 76 station in Lodi changed into a Sinclair Station and received a genuine Sinclair Dinosaur. He sits perched up on a rock pile. In 2014, a Shell station in Chico changed into a Sinclair Station and also received a genuine Sinclair Dinosaur. 2015 saw a new Sinclair Station in San Pedro, also with their own dinosaur.

San Pedro Sinclair Dinosaur
San Pedro Sinclair Dinosaur
San Pedro Sinclair Dinosaur
San Pedro Sinclair Dinosaur
Lodi Sinclair Dinosaur
Lodi Sinclair Dinosaur
Lodi Sinclair Dinosaur
Lodi Sinclair Dinosaur

Although now named by science as an Apatosaurus, Sinclair Dinosaurs have also found homes in both Fresno and Fairfield. Although when I stopped by, the top of her head was uncovered, the Fairfield dinosaur has been known to occasionally wear a hat in order to keep the son out of her face, while over in Fresno, there are actually four Sinclair dinosaurs at four separate stations, one even rumored to be a sweater wearing Apatosaurus! A local group makes clothes for the dinosaur, supposedly covertly dressing him so no one knows when a new outfit will show up. And I think there might be even more Sinclair Dinosaurs in Fresno!

Fairfield Sinclair Dinosaur
Fairfield Sinclair Dinosaur
Fairfield Sinclair Dinosaur
Fairfield Sinclair Dinosaur
The Fairfield Sinclair Dinosaur wears a hat!
The Fairfield Sinclair Dinosaur wears a hat!

Not surprisingly, Bell Plastics in Hayward acquired a Sinclair Dinosaur in 2016. Bell Plastics is known for its multitude of fiberglass statues including several Muffler Men, Doggie Diner heads, and other fiberglass giants! The owner Brice Kennedy collects fiberglass statues. They have a small Sinclair Dinosaur proudly displayed up on a pole, looming over several other fiberglass statues.

Sinclair Dinosaur at Bell Plastics
Sinclair Dinosaur at Bell Plastics
Sinclair Dinosaur at Bell Plastics
Sinclair Dinosaur at Bell Plastics
Sinclair Dinosaur at Bell Plastics
Sinclair Dinosaur at Bell Plastics

Just south of Victorville is Hesperia, located on your way up Interstate 15 towards Las Vegas. About four miles east of 15 on Main Street, they have a pristine Sinclair Dinosaur. Their Sinclair Dinosaur is located behind a low white fence in front of the convenience store portion of the service station appropriately called "Dino Mart". It is freshly painted and in great condition. It is the only dinosaur I've seen besides the Bell Plastics one that has the head coming off and to the right, rather than the left.

Hesperia Sinclair Dinosaur
Hesperia Sinclair Dinosaur
Hesperia Sinclair Dinosaur
Hesperia Sinclair Dinosaur
Hesperia Sinclair Dinosaur
Hesperia Sinclair Dinosaur
Dino Mart in Hesperia
Dino Mart in Hesperia
Sinclair Dinosaur in Williams
Sinclair Dinosaur in Williams

Poor Man's Bronze in Jackson has a replica of a Sinclair Dinosaur that hangs out there, possibly also with a giant chicken. In addition, we've also identified Sinclair Dinosaurs in Auburn, Campo, Placerville, Williams and Yuba City! You can see Cole Lundsten showing off the Williams Sinclair Dinosaur! It is perfectly placed to get the city's name bearing arch in the background.

Not to be outdone, Nevada is also getting into the act of harboring Sinclair Dinosaurs. I have found three different dinosaurs in Las Vegas alone, plus I've seen one in Boulder City and one in Alamo. One of the Las Vegas dinosaurs appears to have been at the station for a fair amount of time, the others appear relatively new or brand new. I anticipate more appearing in the city soon.

Las Vegas (2151 N. Rancho) Sinclair Dinosaur
Las Vegas (2151 N. Rancho) Sinclair Dinosaur
Las Vegas (4005 N. Rancho) Sinclair Dinosaur
Las Vegas (4005 N. Rancho) Sinclair Dinosaur
Alamo Sinclair Dinosaur
Alamo Sinclair Dinosaur

Although most of the Nevada dinosaurs appear to currently be clustered in Clark County, the small town of Verdi, west of Reno, along Interstate 80, near the California border also has one.

Las Vegas (Pecos Road) Sinclair Dinosaur
Las Vegas (Pecos Road) Sinclair Dinosaur
Las Vegas (Pecos Road) Sinclair Dinosaur
Las Vegas (Pecos Road) Sinclair Dinosaur
Las Vegas (Pecos Road) Sinclair Dinosaur
Las Vegas (Pecos Road) Sinclair Dinosaur

So as more dinosaurs migrate into the states of California and Nevada, we'll be on the look out for them! Please let us know if there are more than the ones we've listed below and, of course, we can use pictures of several of them!

Tiffany with a Sinclair Dinosaur in Vegas
Tiffany with a Sinclair Dinosaur in Vegas

California Sinclair Dinosaurs

Nevada Sinclair Dinosaurs

Tiffany with the Hesperia Dinosaur
Tiffany with the Hesperia Dinosaur
Tiffany checks out a Sinclair Dinosaur in Las Vegas
Tiffany checks out a Sinclair Dinosaur in Las Vegas
Tiffany checks out a Sinclair Dinosaur in Las Vegas
Tiffany checks out a Sinclair Dinosaur in Las Vegas
Tiffany checks out a Sinclair Dinosaur in Las Vegas
Tiffany checks out a Sinclair Dinosaur in Las Vegas

Sadly there exists Sinclair Gas Stations that DON'T have a dinosaur. We do not understand the point of such a station. I mean who would want to fill up their car with gas and not get to enjoy a small green dinosaur? Additionally, Dino was seen in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 2015, the first time since 1976! And remember that comedy television series in the early 1990's called "Dinosaurs" which starred a family of dinosaurs called the Sinclairs? Well, I'm sure you can guess where their name originated from.

  • One Lodi photo courtesy of David Oberholzer
  • Fairfield photo with hat courtesy of Morgan Mathewson
  • Williams photo courtesy of Colean Lundsten.
  • Last Edited: 2017-04-24