Jurustic Park – The Land of Scrap Metal Dragons and Critters

Jurustic Park - Marshfield, Wisconsin
Jurustic Park – Marshfield, Wisconsin

Last October (2012) I made a trip to Wisconsin with my daughter and granddaughter.  We visited a number of places, but there was none better than Jurustic Park.  (You can see the entire trip report posts here — Wisconsin Trip 2012). Jurustic Park is the brainchild of former attorney Clyde Wynia, who calls himself a paleontologist.

Clyde Wynia - the local Jurustic Park paleontologist
Clyde Wynia – the local Jurustic Park paleontologist

In reality, he has taken to doing metal work and welding of a hundreds of critters, which, he claims (in his paleontologist hat), were many of the “extinct creatures that inhabited the large McMillan Marsh near Marshfield during the Iron Age.”  He claims to have discovered these creatures and has worked to get them back together.  Wisconsin Public Television has a wonderful transcript from an interview they did with him in April 2011…its a good read.

Jurustic Park Dragon
Jurustic Park Dragon

Finding Marshfield, Wisconsin is a tricky task (see the map at the bottom of this post).  Once you get there and park, you will likely be met by Clyde and he will give you the ultimate tour, tell you the stories (both real and made up all intermingled) and will demonstrate and explain some of his nearly 1000 pieces.  I asked him how many he has made and he said he has never counted them!!

Porkypine
Porkypine
A Hobbit
A Hobbit
Guard Dog
Guard Dog
A thing-a-ma-jigger
A thing-a-ma-jigger
The "Petuna" Planter
The “Petuna” Planter

There are a number of scrap metal artists around the country and I have visited many of them, but nothing tops this place off.  The real centerpiece is a meticulously crafted 48 foot tall dragon.  It is a beautiful piece of art!

Giant Dragon at Jurustic Park
Giant 48 foot tall Dragon at Jurustic Park
Rear view of giant dragon
Rear view of giant dragon
Roar!
Roar!

Clyde tells the story of McMillan Marsh and how he came across these animals from the “Iron Age”. He then says “I did my best to excavate and recreate the now extinct iron species. They died out when farming and industry moved into the area in the mid 19th century.” He had obviously told this story numerous times because it was down pat!

Dog and Hydrant
Dog and Hydrant
Another hydrant "user"
Another hydrant “user”
Oops!
Oops!
Pet Snails
Pet Snails
Here Spidey Spidey
Here Spidey Spidey
What is it?
What is it?

Wynia’s whimsical creations are as small as hand sized snails and spiders and as big as the huge dragon. There is an amazing variety of critters that “once existed in the nearby swamp.” His creativity is fun loving and he seems to have a story for each one of the articles.

A horse head
A horse head
A band of critters
A band of critters
A.K.C. - All Kinda Cute
A.K.C. – All Kinda Cute
Orchestral Frogs
Golfing Frogs
Funky Cats
Funky Cats

Besides his passion for growing this menagerie of whimsical critters, Clyde has turned to selling items as well.  He has small hand sized spiders and large dogs and flowery thingies that visitors can pick up if they are interested.  On our trip we picked up a scary little spider.

Rusty the Scorpion
Rusty the Scorpion
Who knows?
Who knows?
Lots of critters
Lots of critters

Clyde Wynia uses all sorts of scrap metal to make his critter family. A walk around the “park” will also lead you through his junkyard of scrap metal.

Scrap Metal
Scrap Metal
Springs and things
Springs and things
Tools of the Trade
Tools of the Trade
More building materials
More building materials

And, to finish it off, here are just a few more of Clyde Wynia’s creations.

A Dragon Bird
A Dragon Bird
A Tough Couple
A Tough Couple
A Sneaky Attorney
A Sneaky Attorney
Toothy Grin
Toothy Grin
Another Dragon
Another Dragon

In fact, I loved this place so much that I almost lost my head!!

Ouch!
Ouch!

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