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Cabazon Dinosaurs

The yellowed newspaper clipping in the belly of a brontosaurus tells the tale of a man named Claude K. Bell and his life-long fascination with the massive reptiles of the Mesozoic Age.

  In 1964, 67-year-old Bell broke ground and started erecting the150 ton concrete, Dinney the Dinosaur “without the help of a construction company or investors.” 11 years, and nearly a quarter of a million dollars later, Mr. Bell’s vision wasn’t even halfway completed. Next was the Tyrannosaurus Rex––the undisputed king of the concrete colossals. The huge T-Rex, complete with a sliding board down its tail was finished shortly after Bell’s death in 1987. Remaining on the drawing board were concept sketches and models of a huge Woolly Mammoth, and a saber-toothed tiger or two.

During the 80’s people nation wide were introduced to the dynastic duo from their cameos in commercials, music videos, and mostly notably the movie, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, but hard times hit the massive beasts in the 90’s.

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