Browsing an antique shop with my parents I happened to catch sight of this brochure and of course I picked it up, wouldn't you?
And once I saw that it was for a "garden" in Oregon, well I had to buy it. Here's the front and back unfolded to show the Tyrannosaurus.
Reading through the pamphlet I couldn't really get a good sense of when it was printed. It certainly exudes a certain sense of pride..."There have been, of course, other reconstructions of dinosaurs in the world, such as those at Rapid City, South Dakota and Calgary, Canada, but the PREHISTORIC GARDENS is the only place where they are presented in their natural setting so that the visitor may see them just as they appeared when alive; for here in the rain forests of the Southern Oregon Coast can be found the type of ground cover that grew during the age of dinosaurs, particularly the many types of ferns that grow so profusely in this area, and it is this primitive ground cover that makes it literally a prehistoric garden."
Under the subheading Plant Life Of The Area..."Another type of living fossil found in this area is the Horsetail or Scouring Rush (Equisetum) which is another spore-bearing plant related to the Calamites of the Carboniferous era. Neither the ferns nor the Horsetail Rushes ever "learned" to grow seeds but spread from microscopic spores that are carried by the wind, just as their ancestors did over 250 million years ago; and although they are the most primitive of plans they must also be considered to be one the most successful." And in case you were concerned there is "Adequate parking for the convenience of motorists"...
The drawings are charming.
And a map! In case you're thinking about visiting yes, The Prehistoric Gardens has a website, and they claim to be "A Famous Roadside Attraction along Oregon’s Highway 101 Coastal Route since 1955." Be sure to let me know if you visit!
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