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Dinosaurs Invade Kansas - Hometown Jurassic Park

A true homegrown treasure awaits those who decide to cut east or west between Highway 59 and Highway 169 via Route 47.  About a mile west of Highway 59, a local family has created their own Jurassic Park. A herd of metal dinosaurs roam and graze on their property, delighting people like me. 

Finally, after driving past the site two days a week while working on an assignment in Independence,  I couldn't take it anymore and pulled in across the road. (Note: Be careful! Depending on what time of day it is, this highway is busy!). Standing on the roadbank, I took these photos. It didn't look like anyone was home, so I stayed on the highway side of the property line. Next spring I want to introduce myself and hopefully get close ups of this amazing artistic wonderland. I believe most of these critters are made of cast-off oil rig parts. If you know differently, please leave a comment.

Apatosaurus is looking for a snack 

An Apatosaurus grazes in the trees. The mobile home in the background gives you some scale. Even so, I can't describe how huge this sculpture is. 

Yes this really is their yard 

While the big dinosaurs are occupied, the smaller ones roam and sun themselves.

The mighty Mastadon 

What kid wouldn't want a pet Mastadon in his backyard?

The herd senses my presence 

Uh oh . . . Raptors . . . 

T Rex surveys his Kingdom 

At the east end of the property, a Tyrannosaurus Rex rules supreme. The T-Rex tail is a masterpiece. The machine parts look just like vertebrae. And kudos to the artist for building T-Rex in the correct posture.