1 Broadway Street, Alamo, Nevada 89001
1530 West Texas Street,
2151 North Rancho Drive,
Las Vegas, Nevada
(W. Lake Mead Boulevard and N. Rancho Dr)
4005 N Rancho Drive,
Las Vegas, Nevada
14749 North Thornton Road,
1637 South Gaffey Street,
San Pedro, California
570 E Street,
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.
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.
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!
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!
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, Hesperia, 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 know of at least three in Las Vegas alone, plus I've seen one in Boulder City and one in Alamo. One of the Las Vegas ones appears to have been at the station for a fair amount of time, the others appear relatively new or brand new.
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!
California Sinclair Dinosaurs
- 4000 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn, California 95602
- 31471 CA-94, Campo, California 91916
- 2036 Baney Lane, Chico, California 95928
- 1530 West Texas Street, Fairfield, California 94533
- 5792 N Palm Avenue, Fresno, California 93704 (Wears sweaters)
- 1703 W Olive Avenue, Fresno, California 93728
- 4608 N First Street, Fresno, California 93726
- 384 W Shaw Avenue, Fresno, California 93704
- Bell Plastics - 2020 National Ave, Hayward, California 94541 (with several Muffler Men, Doggie Diner heads, and other fiberglass giants)
- 16307 Main Street, Hesperia, California 92345
- Poor Man's Bronze - 824 CA-49, Jackson, California 95642 (replica probably)
- 14749 North Thornton Road, Lodi, California 95242
- Placerville, California
- 1637 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, California 90731
- 570 E Street, Williams, California 95987
- 1499 Market Street, Yuba City, California 95991
Nevada Sinclair Dinosaurs
- Alamo Sinclair - 1 Broadway Street, Alamo, Nevada 89001
- Dale's Sinclair - 1625 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, Nevada 89005
- 5680 S Pecos Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89120
- 2151 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
- 4005 N Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
- 320 3rd Street, Verdi, Nevada 89439
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.
Last Edited: 2017-02-10