On the edge of a swamp, two young boys watch a giant alligator attack.
When one of them runs to get help, the other one, his friend, jumps in the way.
A fight ensues.
The boys try to escape by leaping over the water, but the alligator, after hearing a voice say, “I’ll eat you alive,” bites them both.
Their only hope is to jump onto a rock, where a raft is waiting.
In the early 1900s, a rafting expedition from California’s Redding Valley to the Pacific Northwest was named the “Tiger’s Backbone,” after a nearby mountain.
The trip was a huge success and paved the way for more alligator-related adventures, including one from 1902 where a boy, a girl and their two young companions all made it safely to the other side of the ocean.
It wasn’t until the 1940s that an alligators-themed adventure was written in a book, but that story was inspired by the story of a man named William O’Bryan, who, along with his wife, took a trip to a lake near Redding, where they witnessed an all-igator attack on a boat, and managed to get the boat away.