Destruction of an Icon

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Orlando lost a little piece of its history yesterday when the old entrance to Gatorland (pictured) burned in a fire of still-unknown causes. The owners say they’ll rebuild and the folks in Kissimmee are right behind them.

Do you realize that A.) that place has been open since 1949 and B.) it’s still run by the same family?

I’ve actually heard Gatorland is a lot of fun. I don’t know if it can possibly be the same without this great, vintage entrance, though…I hope they rebuild it exactly the same.

(And no, those aren’t my kids–I found this old shot in the Creative Commons.)

1 Comment so far

  1. Rachel (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    I’m so glad they are rebuilding and that most of the animals came out fine. Back in my hometown, Rapid City, SD – they actually have kind of a sister park called Reptile Gardens. Some of my good friends have worked there and were so disapointed to hear what happened. It was always a fun place to visit and so out of the ordinary!



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