Dinah is Utah’s pinkest dinosaur, and she may soon become the state’s prettiest now that the city of Vernal has approved a makeover for her. Dinah the dinosaur is a 40-foot-tall Brontosaurus (scientifically known as “Apatosaurus”) that sits on the east end of Vernal City. Originally built in 1958 as part of the Dine-A-Ville Motel, Dinah was given to the city in the 1990s.
“Dinah had become, during that period of time from the 1950s to the 1990s, an incredible icon of vernal,” said Vernal City Manager Ken Bassett.
Bassett said though Dinah has received fresh coats of powder-pink paint over the years, rusty metal insides and a deteriorating fiberglass shell finally prompted the city to seek estimates for a full-on renovation.
Final approval for Dinah’s $26,000 makeover was given by the city a few weeks ago.
Bassett said Dinah will stay in place while the work is being done. He says she will keep her familiar pink hue and her big set of eyelashes. Renovation is set to finish in May.