I-Mockery Pays A Visit To The Cabazon Dinosaurs! Claude Bell's Dinosaurs!
by: -RoG-

When it comes to novelty architecture worth paying a visit to on american road trips, there's perhaps no greater sight than Claude Bell's Dinosaurs on Interstate 10 in Cabazon, CA. Also known as the Cabazon Dinosaurs, this attraction features two huge dinosaur sculptures that you can walk inside of - a Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus) named "Dinny" and a Tyrannosaurus rex named "Mr. Rex".

Anybody who's a big fan of kitsch and roadside attractions is no doubt already well aware of these prehistoric monstrosities, but most people probably remember them from Pee-wee's Big Adventure. After riding with the ghost of Large Marge, Pee-wee is dropped off right in front of the Cabazon Dinosaurs at the Wheel Inn restaurant. He then befriends a waitress there and they hang out in one of the dinosaurs. Pee-wee also has a nightmare about Mr. Rex eating his beloved bicycle.

As soon as I saw that movie, I wanted to visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs, but they were on the other side of the country. Now, many years later, I'm finally living on the West coast and it's high time I pay a visit to these amazing dinosaurs. Let's take a look at these awesome architectural anomalies:

Not a bad view on the opposite side of the highway...

...but we came for the Cabazon Dinosaurs and there they are, about to attack a Shell gasoline station.

Here we see Dinny, the mighty Brontosaurus... naturally standing next to some palm trees.
And yes, you can also call it an Apatosaurus, but it'll always be Brontosaurus to me just as Pluto will always be a planet.

No, those aren't gills on his neck, it's an air vent.

And here's the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex!
(also known as "Mr. Rex")

Re helps show the scale of Mr. Rex. I'm pretty sure he could floss with her.

If a T-Rex lost its arms, do you really think it'd matter that much?
I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have to alter its lifestyle.

Even Mr. Rex's huge body couldn't block the high winds that day.
Guess that's why they set up that big wind farm in Cabazon too.

Did you know that some dinosaurs had built-in ladders and platforms on them?
You won't learn about that in any ol' dinosaur book... you only learn these things by seeing 'em in person.

Another nice view of the big bronto. Ok, time to go inside!

Hey, if you were inside a dinosaur's stomach, I'm sure you'd find that it was leaking on you too.

So it turns out the dinosaurs were purchased by creationists who insist on pushing
their beliefs on children who are simply there to marvel at the giant dinosaur attractions.
This stuff also contradicts some of the other artwork on display by Claude Bell, such as his Cro-Magnon Man.

Here's an idea: KEEP IT TO YOURSELF.
Look, I honestly don't care what your religious beliefs are (to each his own),
but they simply don't need to be a part of a classic roadside dinosaur exhibit.

That's more like it. Dinosaur toys. Now that's what a kid wants to find in the belly of a brontosaurus!

Next it was time to check out the robotic dinosaur exhibit. Actually, I think they were checking me out instead.
Also, come on... they should've named this the Dinobots exhibit.



Roll them bones!

Wooden guns! Don't worry, I'm sure they're prehistoric guns, so they totally belong here.

While in the shop, you can kick back in a chair shaped like a cracked dinosaur egg.

Dino-turtle devours small yard lights with fury!

I'm pretty sure this isn't the best place for a lamb to be hanging out... even if it is a prehistoric lamb.

There's still more of the Cabazon Dinosaurs to see!
Click here to continue onward to page 2!


Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Feb 2nd, 2011, 06:48 PM
It really is a fun place to visit. I unfortunately didn't go to the robotic dinosaur show because it was the middle of Summer and 115 and I didn't want to stand around outside anymore. I was really creeped out by the religious stuff in the dinosaur, and I think in retaliation, I will build a giant Jesus and sell evolution stuff inside of him.
Forum Virgin
Feb 2nd, 2011, 06:52 PM
As a catholic born and raised I have never and will never understand my fellow Christian's blind hatred and fear of science. There's no reason you can't believe in both God and evolution, Pope John Paul 2nd even said as much.

(from beyond the graaaaave!)
Feb 2nd, 2011, 07:46 PM
Feb 2nd, 2011, 08:18 PM
Considering how much I loved dinosaurs as a kid, I think that a place like this would be the perfect spot for a nice weekend trip. I find it difficult to believe though, that children are more interested in other stuff on TV than dinosaurs these days.
Full of Country Goodness
Feb 2nd, 2011, 08:30 PM
I'm surprised at the lack of tie-in with Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Also, how giant of a moron do you have to be to own a DINOSAUR-themed roadside park and fill it with anti-evolution drivvle? Why not just go full retard and put a statue of Jesus riding on of the raptors?
BTW, I'm a Christian too. Raised Southern Baptist even. There's tons of room to reconcile your belief in the Bible with the process of evolution - Kirk Cameron not withstanding.
Forum Virgin
Feb 2nd, 2011, 09:45 PM
Kirk Cameron's grasp of evolution extends to what Pat Robertson whispers to him at night.
Pickled Patriarch
Feb 2nd, 2011, 10:11 PM
Pee-wee Herman just shared this article with all his fans on Facebook:

And on Twitter:

Today has been a good day! Ranks right up there with the time I caught the ring he threw out into the crowd during the Pee-wee Herman show early last year!
Strange blob from beyond
Feb 3rd, 2011, 04:47 AM
Is it me or did the T rex also make an appearance in NOVAC in Fallout - New vegas?
Forum Chaos Lord
Feb 3rd, 2011, 06:37 PM
Today, RoG will be happier than a bird with a french fry. :3
Cranberry Everything
Feb 3rd, 2011, 07:52 PM
The picture of you imitating the raptor is awesome.
You look so... uh, "special".
Feb 3rd, 2011, 08:09 PM
Originally Posted by caffman View Post
Is it me or did the T rex also make an appearance in NOVAC in Fallout - New vegas?
it was probably inspired by that t-rex, but novac's up in nevada north of searchlight
Forgetable Cyborg
Feb 3rd, 2011, 08:20 PM
Pee-wee knows you exist! I would just flip right the eff out if one of my heroes noticed and approved of me!
I wonder where the next eccentric, "build crazy awesome stuff until you die" artist like Claude Bell is... Or what wacktastic junk he's making...
Forum Virgin
Feb 4th, 2011, 12:56 AM
Umm, how can we forget the finale of the great Fred Savage classic, The Wizard?! He just wanted to see the dinosaurs again. "Caaalifooornia!"
Feb 4th, 2011, 03:43 AM

The reason religious types fear science so much is due to fear of it unraveling their religion, and rightly so! If you apply science to any of the "facts" in ANY holy book it becomes apparent that it's all lies. Not just picking on the christians btw... this applies to all religions. Could something happen to your "soul" when you die? Sure! There's no way of disproving that. Is what happens something that's printed in a holy book? Unlikely, and even if it was it would be a concidence seeing as they are all made up. Religion = social engineering in primative times.

So you really need to pick a side, no offense, because if you look at religion scientifically absolutely none of it holds up.

So to answer your question in a shorter fashion, creationists believe as they do because science and religion can NOT co-exist. I mean not unless you are really willing to look the other way.

I'm not trying to stir things up btw, I'm just telling it like it is. You are welcome to believe anything you want, but someones beliefs will never get in the way of the factual universe and how things actually are.
Feb 4th, 2011, 03:47 AM
Now I feel bad for getting off topic....

The dinos themselves are amazing! Structurally they are an engineering marvel considering how they really should'nt be able to hold up. I plan on visiting them someday but I think I'll wait until they are bought out by new owners. ;-)
Pickled Patriarch
Feb 4th, 2011, 04:11 PM
HowardC: Heheh, not all of the dinosaurs are able to hold up on their own. Case in point:

But yeah, it's pretty awesome that the super large ones have held up so well over the years. I just hope they last long enough for future generations to enjoy 'em, because they really are a must-see stop on any cross country road trip.
Feb 6th, 2011, 09:04 AM
I really hope I get a chance to see them for myself one day.
Forum Virgin
Feb 15th, 2011, 05:59 PM
That's just brilliant. And what's with all the evolution stuff? No matter what you believe how is a bloody exhibit about dinosaurs the place to put it?

One thing I was suprised by was that giant snake. Seems like a bad idea. Out west...where there are a bunch of gigantic snakes ready to eat your face as it is...give some old lady a heart attack. Ok, I take it back, that's a great place for a giant snake.
Feb 16th, 2011, 04:01 AM
It's a shame there wasn't a Dromeceiomimus to go with those rexes and raptors.
Jun 26th, 2011, 09:54 PM
I wonder how many complains they get a year about their creationist crap?

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