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Rita King, mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs, holding two juvenile alligators. Along with a group of investors, Newton Perry opened Weeki Wachee Springs to the public in October of 1947. At the time, roadside attractions were becoming popular stops…

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A postcard depicting baby alligators hatching from eggs in Florida. This postcard is part of a collection of postcards kept by Lucile Campbell, a schoolteacher in Sanford, Florida, for 30 years. In 1931, she took advantage of a special rate for…

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An alligator at Block 1 of the Hines Energy Complex near Bartow, Florida, around 2000. Located at 7700 County Road 555 South in Bartow, this Progress Energy Florida, Inc. power plant opened in 1999 and was sold to Duke Energy in 2013. Westinghouse…

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Alligators at Gatorland, located at 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, Florida, in 1996. Gatorland is a theme park and wildlife preserve founded by Owen Godwin in 1949. In 1962, Godwin's son, Frank Godwin, designed an entrance in the shape…

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An alligator at Cypress Gardens in June of 1989. Billed as Florida's first commercial tourist theme park, Cypress Gardens opened on January 2, 1936, as a botanical garden planted by Dick Pope, Sr. (1900-1988) and his wife, Julie Pope. Over the years,…

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An alligator at the Silver Springs State Park, formerly located at 1425 Northeast 58th Avenue in Silver Springs, Florida, in 1999. Silver Springs was originally settled by the Timucuans in the early 1500s. Although they were able to reclaim their…