May 22nd

On this day in dinosaurs, we present a double feature in dinosaur popularization.

1859 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Born

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is known to most as the author of Sherlock Holmes, but to dinophiles, he’s the genius behind The Lost World–perhaps the most repeated storyline in cinema and television. Since its original publication in 1912, Conan Doyle’s tale has been recreated on innumerable occasions.

1936 – Dinosaur Park in Rapid City, SD Dedicated

Also on this day, in 1936, a popular tourist attraction opened in Rapid City, South Dakota. Situated on a sandstone ridge that bears the footprints and remains of both late Jurassic and early Cretaceous dinosaurs, Dinosaur Park was conceived as a public works project during the Great Depression. The project also served as a way to lure Mount Rushmore visitors toward the city.

South Dakota Tourism

Made from concrete over iron pipe framework, the dinosaurs have been a favorite climbing frame for children for the past 7 decades.

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