Dinosaurs on the Roadside

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One of the most fun discoveries I made along the U.S. Highway 2 roadside in Valley County was the Buck Samuelson “zoo” just west of Glasgow.  No dinosaurs hunting mountain sheep roamed the high plains when I traveled this region in 1984, and again in 1988, but they are there now, thanks to this self-taught sculptor.

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Samuelson began adding the sculptures to the roadside in the early to mid-1990s, just as the region’s latest dinosaur touring craze took off.  Now there is a small zoo of creatures overlooking the road, and railroad tracks, adding a bit of whimsy, but also a strong dose of patriotism to the mix.  Who still thinks that roadside art–so famous in stretches of U.S. 2 to the east in North Dakota and Minnesota–is not a Hi-Line tradition?

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2 thoughts on “Dinosaurs on the Roadside

  1. I met and knew Buck Samuelson when I worked in Glasgow in 1995 to 1996. He was an interesting individual, especially when it came to discuss the creatures he created! He loved to talk about the ones he had constructed and what kinds of others he had planned! I am from Glasgow / Tampico area and left there after high school. Oh, and those “creatures / critters” are an interesting site! Also, at one time there were a few footprints painted on Hwy 2 across from where those now stand!

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