Los Angeles Alligator Farm

The Los Angeles Alligator Farm, located next door to the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States, was an alligator farm and a major city tourist attraction from 1907 until 1953.[1]

Los Angeles Alligator Farm
Alligator farm Los Angeles 1906.jpg
1906 postcard from the Los Angeles Alligator Farm
LocationLincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates34°04′07″N 118°12′07″W / 34.0685°N 118.2020°W / 34.0685; -118.2020Coordinates: 34°04′07″N 118°12′07″W / 34.0685°N 118.2020°W / 34.0685; -118.2020
StatusClosed
Opened1907 (1907)
Closed1984 (1984)
OwnerJoe Campbell
ThemeAnimal theme park

Originally situated across from Lincoln Park, at 3627 Mission Road, it moved to Buena Park, California in 1953, where it was renamed the California Alligator Farm.

The Buena Park location was a “two-acre, junglelike park” across from Knott’s Berry Farm. Circa 1974, it housed “more than a hundred species representing all five orders of reptiles, with an emphasis on crocodilians.” Alligator and snake shows were held daily in summer and weekly in the off-season.[2]

The attraction was shut down in 1984 after attendance dropped below 50,000 people annually, and the animals were relocated to a private estate in Florida.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ The most frightening zoo in American history, Scenes from the Los Angeles Alligator Farm, by Wolfgang Wild
  2. ^ Sunset Travel Guide to Southern California. Menlo Park, Calif.: Lane Publishing Co. 1974. p. 58. SBN 376-06754-3.
  3. ^ OC Gazette Archived 2014-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ USC Digital Library

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