Uncasville dinosaur park in one man’s backyard


UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — Jeff Wells built his first dinosaur in the early 80’s. It still sits in the side yard of his Uncasville home.

dinosaur 1But it is now surrounded by more durable and more realistic looking creatures of days gone by. One of his newest creations is a Triceratops which is heading to a Rhode Island gallery.

Most of Wells’ collection though is staying in the woods surrounding his Route 32 home.

“That’s fiberglass and there’s no paint on him yet,” says Wells who shows us the centerpiece of his homemade Jurassic Park. “I figured I’d paint him when I retired.”dinosaur 2

The now retired designer from Electric Boat was able to improve his craft because of his job.

dinosaur 3“A friend of mine said why don’t you go down to EB and learn how to work structural steel. Then you can build anything,” says Wells.

And that’s just what he did creating his own dinosaur park. The centerpiece is a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex.

A small ladder allows you to climb inside it and see the steel frame which has housed squirrels, raccoons, and a few surprises.dinosaur 4

“I came out here one day and a man came out of here carrying two shopping bags and ran off to Route 32,” recalls Wells.

There’s a lot of attention to detail in his creations.  “The mouth interiors are finished all the way back into the throat,” says Wells who wants children who look into the mouths to see a complete picture.

dinosaur 5“I think what I like is an eccentric challenge,” says Wells.

He likes to share his life’s work with others.  Many visitors sign a guest book he has set up along the dinosaur trail.

“Some of them are actually now their grandchildren from people who came here when they were little,” says Wells.

The visit is free. He just asks you call before you come. His phone number is listed.

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