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Let's face it: In 2015, this tourist attraction wouldn't be an attraction at all, but a lawsuit waiting to happen. But from 1907-1953, this Los Angeles location earned a small fortune because it was so popular. Basically, it invited visitors to do something that was probably unwise: hang out, play, and eat with alligators.

Alligator Farm was started by Francis Earnest and his partner Joe Campbell, and contained almost 1,000 exotic alligators. The farm offered such attractions as watching the alligators being fed with live chickens, perform tricks and wrestle with humans. It sounds absolutely insane, but we've got the photos to prove it.

These were some of the early postcards from the park, just in case you wanted your friends and family to know that you let your baby play with baby alligators.

These were some of the early postcards from the park, just in case you wanted your friends and family to know that you let your baby play with baby alligators.

Or let your toddler do this.

Or let your toddler do this.

Clearly, getting up close and personal wasn't really seen as a problem here.

Clearly, getting up close and personal wasn't really seen as a problem here.

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The visitors were encouraged to treat the alligators as hands-on as possible.

The visitors were encouraged to treat the alligators as hands-on as possible.

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This is a real photograph of some young ladies dining in a pond of swarming alligators at feeding time.

This is a real photograph of some young ladies dining in a pond of swarming alligators at feeding time.

Feeding time was a popular activity.

Feeding time was a popular activity.

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As well as, apparently, letting your child be approached by a horde of hungry gators.

As well as, apparently, letting your child be approached by a horde of hungry gators.

Miraculously, none of the visitors were ever recorded as being bitten.

Miraculously, none of the visitors were ever recorded as being bitten.

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But then again, maybe they just didn't write it down.

But then again, maybe they just didn't write it down.

Even pets were welcome to join in on the fun.

Even pets were welcome to join in on the fun.

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If those images weren't insane enough for you, check out this video footage from the park.

For the residents around the park, it was definitely a nuisance. When it rained, the park waters would often flood and the alligators would end up in reservoirs, canals, and swimming pools. Still, it remained up until the fifties, when it finally shut down for lack of attendance. Incidentally, some of the alligators that lived on the farm are still alive today. However, something tells us they're no longer up for being held.

Sources: vspah, Messy Nessy Chic

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