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Little Richard Alligator.

Little Richard Alligator

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Lake Charles, Louisiana

Officially named "Senator Gator," but it looks more like vintage Little Richard (or perhaps a gaudy stage evangelist), standing upright in a red stage jumpsuit with a blonde pompadour. Created by artist Felix Falgoust, it's a rare public survivor of the 2001 "Gators on the Geaux" (rhymes with "go") community art project.

At one time there were 70 of these fiberglass alligators around town, all customized by different artists, with evocative names such as "Croc-o-Tile" and "Pearly Gate-R." One, "Muckraker," resembled President Teddy Roosevelt. Some were purchased by private collectors. Some succumbed to Louisiana weather. Only a few are left, of which this may be the most memorable example.

Little Richard Alligator

Magnolia Building

Address:
1011 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA
Directions:
Downtown, on the east side of Lakeshore Drive. Inside the lobby of the Magnolia Building, which is the second building south of the stoplight intersection at Kirby St.
Hours:
M-F 8-5 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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