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I can most assuredly attest to the fact that the Alligator Gardens & Snake Stockade did indeed exist out on East Colfax in Aurora. I met a woman who even showed me where the old gator ponds were! I also have an old article from the Aurora Advocate dated August 8, 1963, announcing Walter F. Cobb had opened Alligator Gardens.

In reply to by Jonny Barber -… (not verified)

Jonny, this is very exciting news! Would you be able to forward me a copy of the article with the top of the page showing the date as well? Thanks!

As a child Mom and Dad took us to Alligator Gardens in Aurora. I thought it was on Alameda near Lowry but I’m not sure. I was all of 10 years old... around 1964.

In reply to by Keith Davenport (not verified)

Thanks so much for your comment. It has been difficult finding people who remember this place.

I also remember having a family outing to Alligator Gardens east of Denver and I know it was in the mid 60s. My father both a new 1964 Bel-Air station wagon and was upset because upon exiting the property we discovered that our car (along with all the other cars) had a bright Yellow bumper sticker on it advertising Alligator Gardens with Black letters. I remember there being "a lot" of alligators there. In June of 1965 the South Platte river flooded and my father had told me that it flooded out the Alligator Gardens. I have no way of knowing whether he knew that as fact or was passing on information from others. I know we never heard about Alligator Gardens after the flood.

In reply to by Doug Eggert (not verified)

Thanks for sharing, Doug! This is definitely one of many strange parts of Denver history.

I work in an assisted living facility a few blocks from this area and have a few residents who remember this place! Please reach out to me for more details!

My email address is

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