Dinosaurs on the Roadside



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.




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?



3 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!

  2. My great grandfather Edmond La Chapelle. Came from Montreal Quebec in1860-1863. He and his brother in law Rene Choquette came to Montana together. They went into mining in Gould Montana. They also did freighting. When the mines petered out great grandfather Edmond went to Helena bought a 160 acre farm complete with livestock and all. He returned to Montreal to retrieve my great grandmother Marie Choquette and two of my great uncles. And sell the farm in Montreal. Upon returning he bought 1500 acres adjoining the Helena 160 acres. Went into ranching sheep and cattle. Then continued buying ranch land and ranches. At La Chapelle Place he never ran less than 6000 head of sheep and the same number of cattle. La Chapelle Place to this day is an unincorporated town with 34 residents. My grandmother was the daughter of Rosalie Lambert. My grandmother’s name was Marianne Des Rosiers or De Rosier. Her family came from Canada to Helena. Any more info on Gould or my family or any suggestions on where I may find more information would be great I know my grandmother’s family lived in Marysville. She had many siblings four brothers that I know there names the rest in not sure of. They were William “Bill”, Phillip, Alive and Robert “Robby”. I was named after him. I think they were mine owners and much more.

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