Alligator Alley is the main east-west road across the Everglades. It was built as part of State Road 84 in the mid-1960s, under the name Everglades Parkway. The American Automobile Association criticized the construction of a road in such a desolate area. They derisively referred to it as “Alligator Alley”, as it was believed it would be of more use to gators than people. The state of Florida leaned into the moniker, officially renaming the road in 1966. When the road opened to traffic in 1968, it bore unique markers with the name and an image of an alligator. Over time, the road was expanded to four lanes and became part of Interstate 75. By this time, these route markers, featuring everyone’s favorite crocodilian, had been retired.
Our Alligator Alley route marker is a precise replica of the route markers found along the road on its opening day. We’ve pored over historical photos and specification documents to produce a replica which is virtually indistinguishable from the original signs. Markers like this have not been in service for decades; when they turn up on the collector’s market they inevitably fetch many hundreds of dollars. With our recreation, you can own an excellent display piece for just a fraction of the price.
Our Alligator Alley route marker is flat printed on heavy 14-gauge steel, right here in the good old US of A. It is a non-reflective sign, with a high-gloss coating allowing it to serve well both indoors and outdoors. Choose from sizes ranging from 10 in. × 12 in. all the way up to 30 in. × 36 in. All sizes include two convenient mounting holes. (We’d be happy to make this sign in a size not listed here! We can also make virtually any road sign, from Florida or elsewhere. Just contact Jake to get started with your custom order.)