Regal Reptile Ranch
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Regal Reptile Ranch

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Mike Allred and his sister Addie moved their Reptile Garden from Elk City, Oklahoma to the existing four-lane stretch of Route 66 east of Erick in 1970, following Elk City’s bypass by I-40. Their chosen location was in close proximity to Billie Henderson’s Reptile Village, and Billie was not shy in reacting to the intrusion on her turf, leading to a contentious relationship.

As luck would have it, completion of I-40 in the area occurred in 1975, so the Allreds moved again, this time to Alanreed, Texas, where they established the Regal Reptile Ranch, which fronted the interstate. It was the ideal setup, but squabbling between the two soon caused a falling out, so Mike gathered up his snakes and leased a former gas station east of McLean that featured a giant neon steer’s skull, making it hard to miss. The station’s owner, Conrad Cunningham, subsequently erected a lofty “RATTLESNAKES – EXIT NOW” sign along I-40 to help promote Allred’s business.

Unfortunately, Mike Allred died of a heart attack in 1979, after which his snakes returned to Addie in Alanreed, where she continued operating into the 1980’s as the last of the roadside snake pits. The site was later razed. The towering “RATTLESNAKES” sign along I-40 remained in place until it fell to a storm in 2007. Part of it is now on display at the Devil’s Rope Museum in McLean.


 


EACH TOURIST TRAP TEE INCLUDES A COLORFUL KEEP-SAKE CARD CONTAINING THE STORY BEHIND THE LEGEND

 

 


 

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Sizes: S-XXXL
Colors: Black / Brown / Navy
Ink: Plastisol
Colors: White / PMS 159
Print Size: 10″w x 9.6″h / Front Print

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