Cabazon DinosaursClaude Bell (1897-1988)

Status

Extant

Address

50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, California, 92230, United States

Built

1964 to 1981

Visiting Information

The park is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 6:30pm and Friday to Sunday from 9am to 8pm. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for children, and $10 for seniors and military. Ticket purchases are made on site. 

About the Artist/Site

In 1964, Claude Bell, a former sculptor at Knott’s Berry Farm theme park, began building Dinny, an enormous apatosaurus intended to attract diners to his restaurant the Wheel Inn. The 45-foot-high sculpture was created from concrete and steel salvaged from a nearby construction site and took 11 years to build. The next dinosaur, a T. rex named Mr. Rex, was begun in 1981 and completed in 1986. The dinosaurs are best known for their appearance in the 1985 film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

There were plans for additional sculptures and a garden; however, they were not completed due to Bell’s death in 1988. Bell’s family sold the property in the mid-1990s. The interior of Dinny has since been converted into a gift shop and museum dedicated to Young Earth Creationism. 

 

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Materials

concrete, steel, shotcrete

SPACES Archives Holdings

1 folder: clippings, images, 35mm slides

Map & Site Information

50770 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, California, 92230 us
Latitude/Longitude: 33.9207474 / -116.77294

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