It’s a place in Alpena County that people have made into a family tradition for decades.
For this week’s Northern Michigan in Focus Corey Adkins takes you on a pre-historic journey.
Across the Devils River is an adventure of sorts back to the days when something other than humans ruled the earth.
Welcome to Dinosaur Gardens in Ossineke, a primeval trip that dates back to the 1930s when the place was built.
“Mr. Domke spent 40 years of his life building these dinosaurs here in Dinosaur Gardens. They were all handmade with steel and cement. It’s some of the best folk art in Northern Michigan,” said Gary Stephan.
The half mile walk starts with the brontosaurus.
“In front of us here is the brontosaurus. He was 85-feet long and weighed up to 60 tons,” explained Gary.
The journey takes you by 27 different creatures.
“You’ll find that every dinosaur except one is the size they were when they walked the earth,” said Gary.
From the huge replicas to some a little smaller.
“Some of the smaller dinosaurs that walked the earth, and you’ll go and see some eggs in nurseries, where the mom is watching the eggs,” said Gary.
Kind of like the Hatfields and McCoys you get to see one of the oldest conflicts on the planet, prehistoric style.
“Our favorite guy here is Mr. Rex, and he’s facing off with his adversary Mr. Triceratops. They were from the same time, and they usually battle to death,” explained Gary.
If you don’t want to walk, they have guided tours through the park.
All in all, it’s a nice way to spend a couple hours and learn something in the process.
“It’s great for kids to go and learn a little more about historic things that happened on the earth and what a great time to spend some time with your kids and get some exercise and enjoy the nice walk in the woods and, by the way, there’s some dinosaurs to look at too.”