September 27, 1998 |
First the Ice Age. Now this! For those traveling east on that blighted expanse known as Interstate 10, they're a break from the sprawl of bad stucco and tinted glass, an actual roadside attraction that harks back to days spent in the back seat of the family station wagon. Dinney and Rex, those larger-than-lifesize dinosaurs residing next to the Wheel Inn out in Cabazon, have long been an invitation to exhale and readjust your gaze--until now.
November 8, 1998
The Cabazon dinosaur site has been one of my favorite Southern California landmarks for many years, and I'm dismayed at what Gary Kanter and the Kanter Family Trust have already done there ("Hold the Pterodactyls," by Tim Harrison, So SoCal, Sept. 27). The sight of the huge dinosaurs framed by the stark backdrop of the desert--which com- bined to create an odd, uniquely Californian work of public art--has been severely compromised. Allowing the construction of a garish Burger King suggests what disrespect Kanter has for the monument he owns.
August 16, 2000 |
It was almost 30 years ago now that the mayor of this sun-bleached town decided the stately stucco dinosaurs overlooking Interstate 10--which are to Cabazon what the Arc de Triomphe is to Paris--needed to go. He couldn't have been more wrong. The roadside attractions, a brontosaurus with a gift shop in her belly and a tyrannosaurus with a slide on his tail, are still here, grinning sheepishly across the edge of the Riverside County desert.
November 27, 2005 |
The first time I saw the dinosaurs of Cabazon, looming like a kitschy desert mirage on the north side of Interstate 10, I was a young news reporter racing to cover the Liberace deathwatch in Palm Springs.
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August 27, 2005 |
Dinny the roadside dinosaur has found religion. The 45-foot-high concrete apatosaurus has towered over Interstate 10 near Palm Springs for nearly three decades as a kitschy prehistoric pit stop for tourists. Now he is the star of a renovated attraction that disputes the fact that dinosaurs died off millions of years before humans first walked the planet.