Gator Joe's History


Ma Barker Gang Wanted Poster
Gator Joe was a 15 ft. 7 in. alligator that lived on Lake Weir in the early 1900s. Joe caught his fame from the Ma Barker gang who tried to kill him on several occasions; but, Joe ultimately got them instead. His local legend led the FBI to the Barker hideout on January 16th, 1935 and after a 4-hour gun battle the Barker gang all lay dead. In 1952 Joe crossed paths with a local gator hunter named Vic Skidmore.


Gator Joe's Foot
Since then, Joe's foot has had many homes throughout Florida and even Kentucky. It was donated to Gator Joes from one of Vic's friends, Mr. Jim Townlee.

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