Lexington, Kentucky: Cocaine Bear

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Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall

720 Bryan Ave., Lexington, KY
Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall. North side of downtown, on the south side of Bryan Ave. between E. Loudon Ave. and N. Limestone St. It's a low, dark gray building next to a tall old brick warehouse.
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Cocaine Bear.

Cocaine Bear
Famous bear that died after eating $15 million in cocaine dropped from a plane by a drug smuggler, who also died. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [11/05/2017]

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Cocaine Bear

Stands in a truck bed inside the KY for KY Fun Mall, which was undergoing renovations when we arrived. Workers graciously moved piles of construction materials so we could get a better look. Nearby, stacks of "Cocaine Bear" t-shirts were on offer. Store parking is sparse and the building sits at an angle on a tight one-way street. We had to go around the block a few times waiting for a space to open up. Lots of great murals in the area.

[Kitsa, 08/17/2017]

The bear.

Cocaine Bear

The bear is a little high up for a good pic, but we put our son in the bed of the pickup truck with him and it worked. The store is full of fun Kentucky souvenirs and we also bought a cocaine bear t-shirt.

The girl manning the shop had zero info on the store or on Lexington in general...every question we asked was met with a confused stare or a referral to their blog...whatever.

[Amanda, 05/07/2017]

Cocaine Bear.

Cocaine Bear

We learned that the cocaine bear's formal name is "Pablo Eskabear." They sell tons of cocaine bear-related items, as well as other tributes around the store. The owner, a millennial diehard Bernie Sanders supporter, designs all of the artwork. They even have a crackhead bear painted on their delivery truck.

[Ben Perdue, 08/05/2016]

Cocaine Bear.

Cocaine Bear

This taxidermy bear looks ordinary, but he died of a drug overdose after eating cocaine that was dropped in Chattahoochee National Forest by a drug smuggler, Andrew Thornton.

[Hailey Shannon, 10/11/2015]

There's a small exhibit on Mr. Thornton in the GBI Crime Lab Museum in Decatur, Georgia. In 1985 he tossed ten duffel bags full of coke out of his single-engine plane, then attempted to parachute with the last 77 pounds strapped to his body. He died.

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Marker: Uncle Tom's Cabin Site, Paint Lick, KY - 33 mi.

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