Prehistoric Forest

Address: 8203 US-12
City: Onsted
State: MI
Zip: 49265
County: Lenawee
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Info Updates:
4/4/2021 - Detroit Free Press

Opened in 1963 and featured animatronic dinosaurs and cavemen made of fiberglass and Styrofoam, whose motorized jaws and limbs squeaked open in tandem with tape-recorded roars as tourists passed by in the Safari Train. At the front of the park stood a towering waterfall, a water slide and a volcano that belched smoke. It was campy and kitschy and had the early 1960s written all over it.

But the construction of I-94 soon after drew much of the travel traffic away, changing entertainment tastes and redirecting tourists elsewhere. The theme parks along U.S.-12 began to wither, the tourist stops closed and the route is now a graveyard of once-popular roadside attractions.

When Prehistoric Forest closed in 1999, many of the dinosaurs were left behind in the woods, suffering through Michigan’s harsh seasons. They also became a favorite target of vandals. As of 2019 the new owner had plans of restoring and re-opening the property according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Prehistoric Forest - 2002 WATER WINTER WONDERLAND SHOT (newer photo)
2002 WATER WINTER WONDERLAND SHOT (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - 2002 WATER WINTER WONDERLAND SHOT (newer photo)
2002 WATER WINTER WONDERLAND SHOT (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - 2002 WATER WINTER WONDERLAND SHOT (newer photo)
2002 WATER WINTER WONDERLAND SHOT (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - 2002 WATER WINTER WONDERLAND SHOT (newer photo)
2002 WATER WINTER WONDERLAND SHOT (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
OLD JOHN MARGOLIES PHOTO (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - OLD BROCHURE 1 (newer photo)
OLD BROCHURE 1 (newer photo)
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OLD BROCHURE 2 (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - OLD SIGN FOR SALE (newer photo)
OLD SIGN FOR SALE (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - FROM THE WEB (newer photo)
FROM THE WEB (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - FROM THE WEB (newer photo)
FROM THE WEB (newer photo)
Prehistoric Forest - FROM THE WEB (newer photo)
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Prehistoric Forest - FROM THE WEB (newer photo)
FROM THE WEB (newer photo)
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