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Dinosaur Gardens, Michigan
To add to our childhood remembrances of dinosaurs past, I was
pondering what and where the dinosaur park was which I used to
beg my father to take me to on our summer vacations in northern
Michigan. Those life-sized cement dinos had counterbalanced my
terror/fascination with the theropod/sauropod battle in Fantasia, and
I loved to climb _into_ the Brontosaurus to see the heart.
In today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in an article on a book about
America's roadside kitsch called "Fun Along the Road" by John Margolies,
THERE was a picture of my Brontosaurus, complete with the little wooden
stairway that I remembered, at Dinosaur Gardens! The blurb says the
walk-in statue is 85 feet long!
Being in a nostalgic mood, I looked up Dinosaur Gardens via the 'Net
and found it in Ossineke, Michigan, just outside of Alpena, gateway to
the Upper Peninsula. I phoned them, inquiring about a brochure
and what the park currently had. The lady said that they had 26
dinosaurs, including having added a Velociraptor last year! The
Brontosaurus still has a heart. I forgot to ask if they were going to
tar and feather any of the statues.
Great and fond memories of a happy childhood in the company of
dinosaurs as 4th of July approaches.