“come watch the fire breathing dragon!”
The Kaskakia Dragon, located in Vandalia, Illinois just off Veterans Parkway has become a tourist destination, local hot spot, and stop for people from across the country. This unique, fire-breathing dragon was built to be on the side of the road to attract visitors to put a token in to watch the dragon breath fire. Since then, it has become a destination for visitors to Vandalia, a GeoCache location for GPS enthusiasts and much more. Stop by and check out the dragon for yourself today!
You have to get a token from the kaskaskia hardware store just down the road...such a neat little roadside stop =)
its worth the stop and the dollar id say. although i dont think the fire lasted 10 seconds. a picture might b better than a video. and dont follow these directions, they take u about a block away. the dragon is on the corner of 40 and Rock island, as stated above.
Worth the side trip and $1! Dragon is at corner of Veterans Pkwy and Rock Island.
Love the dragon, & he comes with his own Knight in shining armour!! The tokens are pretty cool too - almost worth an extra $1 for the souvenir. The staff @ the liquor store across the street will even walk over to take your photo if you ask nicely :)
Pretty neat stop to stretch our legs. A local man gave our kids some tokens to use. Store has some beer selection
Had the pleasure to talk with the owner & learn the story behind this creation.
The owner has/had a metal shop. An employee asked if she could use the scrap metal to make a dragon. The owner laughed and said We're not busy right now, why not. So she did. After it was assembled a local propane guy stopped by and said he could make it breathe fire 🔥. Again, the owner said Why not. Lol, he was a nice man and we enjoyed our visit. 🐉
Super easy stop. Liquor store gave us a couple free tokens and we parked in their lot. Not huge but cool.
We were there on a Sunday AM and didn’t get to see the fire :-( The stores with the tokens don’t open til 10a.
This was a very quick side trip off the interstate. The dragon was cool but not quite as big as we expected. We went into the liquor store across the street for $1 tokens. Each token buys about 8 seconds of fire breath. It was fun and made for some cool pics! It was a good way to break up our drive across Illinois.
Met Walt Barenfanger the owner of True Value and man involved with getting this dragon out to the public for fun one cold winters day. Fun ride side stop and nice to meet Walt!
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