Sinclair Gas Station


Dublin Core


Sinclair Gas Station

Alternative Title

Dino Service Station


Weeki Wachee Springs (Fla.)
Service stations


A postcard featuring the dinosaur-shaped Sinclair Gas Station in Weeki Wachee Springs. A handwritten note by Bonita Colson accompanies the postcard, describing a mobile home rental park across the street from the gas station that Weeki Wachee mermaids would frequently rent. She also notes that the dinosaur-shaped gas station was the only one of its kind in the world.

Along with a group of investors, Newton Perry opened Weeki Wachee Springs to the public in October of 1947. At the time, roadside attractions were becoming popular stops along Florida roadways. The attraction consisted of an amalgamation of vendors, an orchid garden, a river boat tour, as well as the star attraction: a mermaid show that took place in an underwater theater. Eventually, the May Museum of the Tropics, an "abandoned Seminole village", a show called “Birds of Prey”, and a petting zoo were added. After peaking in the 1950s and 1960s, attendance began to decline as theme parks and highways changed the dynamics of Florida's tourism. The State of Florida took over the attraction as a state park in 2008. Since then, the park has focused on appealing to a modern audience while preserving its history.

The Sinclair Oil Corporation was founded on May 1, 1916. The corporation created dinosaur exhibits in several world's fairs that featured a brontosaurus, which was the company's mascot. Other promotional materials featuring the dinosaur included bobble head toys and inflatables.


Sinclair Oil Corporation
Bonita Colson


Original color postcard Sinclair Oil Corporation and original handwritten note by Bonita Colson: Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Weeki Wachee, Florida.


Date Created

ca. 1950-1959

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1950-1959

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original color postcard by Sinclair Oil Corporation and handwritten note by Bonita Colson.

Is Part Of

Weeki Wachee Collection, Hernando County Collection, RICHES.




13.8 MB


color postcard and handwritten note




Still Images


Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Weeki Wachee, Florida
Sinclair Gas Station, Brooksville Florida

Accrual Method



History Teacher
Humanities Teacher


Originally created and published by Sinclair Oil Corporation and Bonita Colson.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and is provided here by RICHES for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Rebecca Schwandt's Thesis Project


Schwandt, Rebecca

Digital Collection

External Reference

Allman, T.D. Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013. Ammidown, Margot. “Edens, Underworlds, and Shrines: Florida’s Small Tourist Attractions.” The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 23, (1998): 238-259. Georgiadis, Bonnie and Lu Vickers. Weeki Wachee Mermaids. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. Hollis, Tim. Glass Bottom Boats and Mermaid Tails: Florida’s Tourist Springs. Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books, 2006. Nersesian, Roy L. Energy for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide to Conventional and Alternative Sources. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2010. Pelland, Dan and Maryan Pelland. Images of America: Weeki Wachee. Mount Pleasant: Arcadia Publishing, 2006. Revels, Tracy J. Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011. Unknown. "Dinosaur Fever- Sinclair's Icon." Petroleum History Almanac. Vickers, Lu. Weeki Wachee City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida’s Oldest Roadside Attractions. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.


Sinclair Oil Corporation and Bonita Colson, “Sinclair Gas Station,” RICHES, accessed July 18, 2024,