Jake the Alligator Man

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Jake in his display case at Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach, Washington
Marsh's Free Museum, where Jake is located

Jake the Alligator Man is an alleged half-man, half-alligator creature on display in apparently mummified condition at Marsh's Free Museum, a tourist trap located at 409 South Pacific Avenue in Long Beach, Washington. He was acquired by the Marshes for $750 in 1967 from an antique store.[1]

A postcard image was used by the Weekly World News on November 9, 1993 for front-page article, "Half-human, half-alligator discovered in Florida swamp."[2] The periodical subsequently reported on his escape from captivity, killing of a Miami man, and giving birth.

Jake has acquired a cult following in Northwestern popular culture. His 75th birthday party is held annually[3] in early August on the peninsula, and features events such as a bachelor party, car show, bridal contest, and live music.[4][5][6] Bumper stickers featuring the oddity can be commonly seen throughout Washington and Oregon.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Staff writer. "'Alligator Man' of Long Beach: His past is a murky swamp of tall tales". The Columbian. Clark County, Washington. Archived from the original on September 6, 2007.
  2. ^ McGuire, Mickey (November 9, 1993). "Half-human, half-alligator discovered in Florida swamp". Weekly World News. 15 (6). Naples, Fla. pp. 8–9. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Jake the Alligator Man celebrates 75th birthday ... again - Our CoastOur Coast". www.discoverourcoast.com. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  4. ^ "Join Us - Jake the Alligator Man". Jake the Alligator Man. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  5. ^ "Jake the Alligator Man's Birthday & Car Show". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  6. ^ "Annual Jake the Alligator Man 75th Birthday Party & Car Show - KING5 Best Northwest Escapes". nwescapes.cityvoter.com. Retrieved 2016-08-25.

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