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Frank Buck's Zoo

 
 
Frank Buck's Zoo Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 25, 2017
1. Frank Buck's Zoo Marker
Inscription.  
Famous 'Bring'em back alive'
20 acre jungle camp 1934 to
ca. 44. WWII small arms defense
factory ca. 45. Grimaldi's kiddie
park petting zoo 1951 to 65

 
Erected 2014 by Historical Society of the Massapequas.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 40° 40.702′ N, 73° 26.21′ W. Marker is in Massapequa, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is on Sunrise Highway east of Unqua Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Sunrise Highway, Massapequa NY 11758, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woodcastle Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Thorn Estate (approx. ¾ mile away); South Side R.R. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Amityville Trolley Routes (approx. 0.9 miles away); Brunswick Home (approx. one mile away); Former High School
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(approx. one mile away); Walt Whitman (approx. one mile away); St. Mary's Church (approx. one mile away).
 
Also see . . .  Massapequa's History: Answering Your Questions (Massapequa Patch, George Kirchmann, 2/15/12). The Monkey Zoo: This was actually Frank Buck's Animal Kingdom, opened in 1934 by the world famous hunter best known for the phrase "Bring Em Back Alive." Buck had opened a larger zoo in Chicago for its 1934 World's Fair and felt he could succeed with a similar venture in the Massapequa area. There were enough roads to attract residents from surrounding towns and the Long Island Railroad was an easy commute. The zoo proved to be very successful throughout the 30s and 40s with lions, elephants, hyenas, reptiles and monkeys. There was also a restaurant and an exhibit hall. (Submitted on August 2, 2017.) 
 
Frank Buck's Zoo Marker - Wide View, Looking East on Sunrise Highway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 25, 2017
2. Frank Buck's Zoo Marker - Wide View, Looking East on Sunrise Highway
The marker is located under the Fit Club sign.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 2,835 times since then and 254 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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