Sinclair Service Station - Spring Hill, Florida, USA
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N 28° 30.315 W 082° 35.216
17R E 344691 N 3154200
Quick Description: An iconic dinosaur shaped building now listed as a local, state and national landmark in Spring Hill, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 10/5/2020 7:32:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM137Q3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 27, 2020 and located in Spring Hill, Florida, less than a mile south of Weeki Watchee Spring, along US Highway 19 at the intersection of Commercial Way and Balm Street is a dinosaur shaped building. Originally built in 1964 as a Sinclair gas station and inspired by the Sinclair Oil mascot, the dinosaur became known as "Dino" and has been an iconic landmark since then.

Dino served as a gas station dinosaur up until 1977 when he was sold and became the automotive garage/repair shop of Harold's Auto Center. Dino stands 48 feet tall at his head and 34 feet tall at his back. A total of 110 feet long from head to tail. Dino is built with concrete stucco over a steel armature framework and is painted gray.

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Black and white construction photo from Pinterest, color postcard photo of Sinclair Gas Station from State Library and Archives of Florida.
Street address:
5299 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, FL USA

County / Borough / Parish: Hernando County

Year listed: 2020

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Historic building

Periods of significance: 1960's to present

Historic function: Gas station

Current function: Auto repair shop

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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