Photo Exhibits

Photo exhibits spotlight various topics in Florida history, and are accompanied by brief text intended to place selected materials in historical context.

Alligators in the Backyard


Tourists gawk at alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm: St. Augustine, Florida (1972)

Tourists gawk at alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm: St. Augustine, Florida (1972)

Image Number: C800496

Alligators have always attracted tourists to the Sunshine State. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm opened for business in 1893.

Two men and two women posing with a concrete alligator (1950s)

Image Number: PR00159

Alligator climbing stairway to sliding board in an alligator farm: St. Augustine, Florida (1948)

Image Number: C006699

Alligator show at St. Augustine Alligator Farm: St. Augustine (1980)

Image Number: C800489

Alligator feeding show: Homosassa Springs, Florida (1970s)

Image Number: FW00321

Entrance to Gatorland Zoo: Orlando, Florida (19--)

Image Number: C821811

Alligator exhibit at Everglades Wonder Gardens: Bonita Springs, (1975)

Image Number: C682929

Texas Jim Mitchell and O.F. Vischer with alligator at Sarasota Reptile Farm: Sarasota, Florida (1948)

Image Number: C010203

Tropical park: Daytona Beach, Florida (1937)

Image Number: PC0170

Visitors at the Tampa Alligator Farm: Tampa, Florida (1917)

Image Number: RC07085

The queen at the Florida Alligator Farm: Jacksonville, Florida (1913?)

Image Number: PC0173

The alligator farm: Clearwater, Florida (19--)

Image Number: PC0172

Postmarked December 22, 1947.

A hungry alligator at Tropical Hobbyland: Miami, Florida (19--?)

Image Number: PC0186

Entrance to Okalee Indian Village and Craft Center: West Hollywood, Florida (1967)

Image Number: C670969

Seminole alligator wrestling at Aquaglades: Dania, Florida (1950s)

Image Number: PC1303

While relations between Seminoles and Gators pre-date the college football teams, the wrestling of alligators by Seminole people dates to the Twentieth Century. Created to satisfy the preconceptions of tourists, this was a tradition invented at tourist attractions in South Florida. For more history, listen to this podcast with alligator wrestler Richard Bowers.

Indian boy wrestling alligator at Musa Isle Indian village: Miami, Florida (19--)

Image Number: PC1338

Alligator wrestling at St. Augustine Alligator Farm: St. Augustine, Florida (19--)

Image Number: C681845

"Alligator" boat: Wakulla Springs, Florida (1941)

Image Number: PR10712

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