Meet Arizona's dilapidated roadside dinosaurs

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In Holbrook, Arizona sits one of the American Southwest's stranger tourist destinations, Stewart's Petrified Wood, a petrified wood emporium/ostrich farm that boasts several creepy animatronic dinosaurs guarding its property. It's like the Prehistoric Forest mixed with The Hills Have Eyes.

Here's the word-for-word sales pitch from Stewart's website:

Buy the most colorful petrified wood in the world! Petrified wood is 225 million years old, from the Triassic Era, when dinosaurs ruled the earth. This beautiful petrified wood is only found in Arizona. Our wood is cut and polished by artisans in our shop located near the Petrified Forest in Holbrook, Arizona. We sell bookends, slabs, stumps and jewelry made from petrified wood. We also sell meteorites, dinasour bones, kachina dolls and petrified wood rock concerts, AND NEW ITEM: OSTRICHES And OSTRICH EGGS!!!!!! Large quantities available, call for prices.

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Petrified wood rock concerts? The hell you say! Stewart's dinosaurs are definitely disconcerting, and their intensely low-budget designs make even weirder tourist spots look normal by comparison.

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And here's a fellow's video of the Wood from 2007.

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DISCUSSION

I imagine that one day in the far future all will be left of our civilization will be reproductions of dinosaurs and the alien race that is living on our planet will think that we were reproducing the animals that lived with us.