Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. In fact, there's plenty of evidence that there was even dinosaurs right here inside the borders of present day Iowa. Of course, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are all now extinct (unless you think Jurassic Park can be recreated) and so the best place to find anything dinosaur related is at a museum.
However, just a few miles east of Corydon, along Highway 2 in far southern Iowa, there are a few dinosaurs greeting the cars and trucks passing by. Sure, they may not be "real" dinosaurs, but they are still nonetheless quite an impressive art installation.
Iowa Adventurer and a couple of friends stopped to visit the two dinosaurs and a turtle during the Fall. They are located on the farm of Benny Davis and are about impossible to miss.
The metal sculptures are made from metal and there are concrete pads and other wire to help keep them appropriately stabilized. The level of detail is really quite impressive. It clearly had to have taken a lot of time and effort to get these put together.
I'm not sure if Mr. Davis is the artist who should be credited with making them. There's really no signs or any other information available. It's hard to even find much online about them. However, I did find a goofy video on YouTube that might be worth the couple minutes. Perhaps, Mr. Davis or others in the community could put a nice bench and sign together to give visitors a little more information about these unique creations? I think that would be an excellent investment for this legitimate community attraction.
There is another pad that is missing it's installation. There's just a couple of metal "shoes" bolted to the concrete. Apparently, this was the home of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. Online posts suggest he disappeared sometime a couple of years ago, unfortunately. However, there are pictures of him online.
This can is probably just a quick five minute stop for a few photos, though there is plenty of other good stuff to enjoy in and around Corydon and the greater Wayne County area. However, I do think that this particular location could be turned into more of a tourist stop, if the desire was there to do so.
I look forward to getting back to explore Wayne County in the future. There is a lot of natural beauty, welcoming small towns, friendly people, and interesting history. At a minimum, the rolling hills of southern Iowa and Highway 2 are a very nice drive.
This is no Jurassic Park, but maybe we could just call it JurassiCorydon instead?
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