after being purchased by its new owners, has been repurposed as the headquarters and living space for scientists working at the Boneyard. Two years later, in 1949, the Dino Institute was officially formed within this very lodge, offering on-site paleontology classes and eventually internships for graduate students.
To help fund their research programs the grad students’ cafeteria was converted into a restaurant, and opened to the public. Don’t expect any formal dining though, this is still an active campus and the hijinks going on here are part of the draw.
If Pterodactyl starts with a “P” why not spell “terrace” with a P too?
A pulley system was created to retrieve suction cup arrows during water tower archery, & toy dinosaurs and aluminum cans decorate the rooftops.
where you can dig into gourmet burgers and other American fare. The room is decorated with various dino-themed displays and framed pictures.
On the walls is a bulletin board, displaying the current happenings at the Institute, and some remnants from the lodge’s fishing past.
many fossils are still on display along the walls. Today the room primarily serves as a common space and classroom, with the projector used for both lectures and their weekly double feature movie nights.
Informative plaques accompany fossils and old museum displays discovered throughout the country.
Portrait of benefactor Mr. Clarence P. Wilkerson, 1948, on the wall. Up in the cross beams above, a projector and film reels.
A Quonset hut was added for maintaining service vehicles.
Students personalized the walls with their own grease-based artwork.
The latest Boneyard finds are also cataloged within the tents.
where fossils are prepped for shipping to various museums and institutes around the world.
A curtain of plastic protects nearby rooms when plastering. It’s a messy job, but it keeps fossils safe for shipping.
A map shows what types of fossils are ship to which museums around the world.
The student’s personal nicknacks are displayed along the shelves.
a place to unwind after a long day of adventure and discoveries. Here you can play various board games, basketball, bad-mitten, and a one-of-a-kind “Big Bang” version of darts. It’s also the place to simply relax, socialize with others, and appreciate the uniquely designed atmosphere.
You can spend hours in this room just looking through all that is on display here.
The old “rec room” sign has been painted over and playfully decorated.
An Airstream trailer was connected to the rec room, providing additional seating space with a cozy 50’s diner feel.
Many of the Dino Institute’s traditions can even be found right here in the Hip Joint…