There's lots to love about the Lone Star State and plenty of things that make it unique. One of the surprising things you may notice along the highways and back roads are a ferocious amount of dinosaurs that make their home in Texas. So today we begin our Tour of Texas Dinos, starting in Balch Springs:
This guy stands out in front of "No Limits Motors." formerly known as "EZ Pawn" and formerly known as a mini-golf place whose name has been lost to the ages. Over the years it's been green, green and yellow, and (as of the time of this pic) blue and white. Its humble origins as a mini-golf obstacle are long forgotten by the commuters that pass by every day. Hopefully, the next business owner at this location will keep him around and maybe slap on another coat of paint (of his or her choosing).
Our next stop is a Texas roadside legend. The Car Parts Dinosaur in Bertram is, believe it or not, constructed completely out of automobile parts. As you can see, she sits atop a flatbed trailer so she can make appearances in parades and other special events. Years ago I saw her at the "Best of Texas" Festival at Six Flags in Arlington alongside such other legends as "Old Rip" and the World's Largest Jackrabbit. I'm looking forward to seeing where she goes next.
Not everybody knows it but Abilene is the "Storybook Capital of Texas." The town has no shortage of whimsy in the form of public sculptures all over the places. From Dr. Suess to William Joyce to E.B. White, many of your favorite childhood characters are represented. Our friend in the red cap is from "Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo" and was sculpted by the legendary Bob "Daddy-O" Wade.
We've just scratched the surface with this small collection of weirdo wonders. The next chapter of our Tour of Texas Dinos will be coming soon. Until then, keep an eye out for extinct wildlife.