Tropical Hobbyland

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Tropical Hobbyland

Tropical Hobbyland

Tropical Hobbyland
Gator Wrestler

I don't know much about Tropical Hobbyland in Miami, but I clipped this photo from the Facebook page "Miami, See It Like A Native".

The other color photo comes from the State Archives of Florida and it shows an alligator wrestler. The information from the archives says:

Accompanying note: "Henry Nelson, world's champion alligator wrestler, gives daily exhibitions of this ancient Seminole sport, at Tropical Hobbyland Indian Village, N. W. 27th Avenue at 15th Street, Miami. The pit at Tropical Hobbyland contains fifty alligators and a dozen crocodiles, yet Henry will go in the water with them entirely unarmed."

It sounds like it was an interesting place and I'd love to hear more history about the place.

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