Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dinosaur Land

Dinosaur Land -- Double Tollgate, Virginia

Double Tollgate, Virginia, near Winchester, has historical significance:  the confluence of three important roads and a Civil War cavalry encounter.

Early in the 19th century, three important roads crossed here: Nineveh Turnpike leading to Front Royal, Winchester Turnpike leading to the north, and Newton Turnpike connecting Stephens City and the Shenandoah River via the Winchester and Berrys Ferry Turnpike. Two tollgates served the roads. During the mid-19th century, the intersection was called Highland Corners. A Civil War cavalry engagement occurred here on 11 Aug. 1864 between Confederates led by Brig. Gen. John D. Imboden and Union forces commanded by Brig. Gen. George A. Custer.

But I want to talk about dinosaurs! Dinosaur Land, a 40-year-old tourist trap, claims over 40 life-sized dinosaurs and other "Replicas from the Past."

Jan is swallowed by Dinosaur Land.

A battle royal between Megalosaurus and Apatasaurus (formerly Brontosaurus):

The Victor

The Victim
This therapod has dinosaur descendants (birds) on its head.

Keep off the dinos!

And look out for King Kong!

I guess enough is enough.

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