If you are traveling through Marshfield, Wisconsin…
And aren’t afraid of dinosaurs, take you have to stop by Clyde Wynia’s Jurustic Park. The folklore of this unique space goes something like this: Clyde, an amateur paleontologist, excavated and recreated the iron dinosaur sculptures that now inhabit this space. All of the pieces came from the nearby McMillan Marsh. The “bones” come from a special species of iron dinosaurs that died out when the farmers moved into the area in the 19th-century. Man, the farming industry, and corrosive natural elements wiped out the dinosaurs that remained and their parts were harvested for farm and industrial equipment. Clyde found their remains, reassembled them, and put them on display as a public service. It is more likely, however, that these magnificent iron pieces were assembled in the artist’s welding shop.
Jurustic Park is filled with hundreds of sculptures designed and created by Clyde. The pieces range from tiny bugs to dinosaurs that are over 20 feet tall. There are pieces designed to look like dinosaurs, pigs, cats, dogs, and human skeletons. Some of them are made to move about and clang in the wind and others are static and posed to greet guests.
The materials used for the sculptures vary from iron to repurposed AOL compact discs. The stories behind each of them can change at the whim of the Clyde when he acts as tour guide. His demeanor is often described as that of a grumpy old man as he leads guests around the park, but he insists that when he smiles, no one takes him seriously.
The property is also home to Clyde’s wife’s artistic workshop. Her space, called The Hobbit House, showcases her fiber and glass artwork. She is an expert with a blowtorch and produces as much, if not more, artwork as her husband does annually. The couple, who have been together for nearly 60 years, is great at playing off of one another while entertaining tourists, ensuring that their guests enjoy their visit.
Jurustic Park is located at M222 Sugar Bush Lane in Marshfield, WI. Information about the park can be found online at jurustic.com or by calling 715-387-1653.