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John Dillinger Slept Here Tour

John Dillinger
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State/province
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States

Saint Paul Ramsey

Minnesota

No, John Dillinger did not sleep in all these places, but rather this tour is based on the history book by Paul Maccabee John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks' Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul 1920-1936 about Saint Paul's heyday as a haven for gangsters on the down low.

The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, known as the Prohibition Amendment (1920-1933), prohibited the manufacture, sale, transport, import, or export of alcoholic beverages. The mandated shutdown of breweries and distilleries ended the lawful production of alcoholic beverages and created a vacuum that was filled by the unlawful production, sale, and control of "bootlegged" products and lawless allied activities: smuggling, gambling, prostitution, extortion, robbery, and murder. These became the province of such powerful crime czars as Chicago's Al Capone, of criminal gangs, and of organized crime. Lawlessness and the corruption of officials and police — the unintended consequences of the legislation — infected many American cities, including St. Paul. The city became a center of operation and a haven for such notorious gangsters as John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Roger "the Terrible" Touhy, Machine Gun Kelly, Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, and the Barker gang, whose activities extended to robbing banks, holding up mail trucks and trains, and kidnapping and holding their hostages for ransom.


Police Chief John O'Connor agreed not to prosecute the gangsters as long as they didn't commit crimes within the city, and as long as the owners of brothels and gambling houses made payoffs to O'Connor's collectors. For St. Paul, it was a win-win situation. The citizens were protected and the gangsters spent their money in the city.

Everything went well, that is until a combination of factors including O'Connor's death and replacement by a more reform minded police chief, the murder of Dan Hogan, St. Paul's underworld czar who supervised the layover agreement, the Great Depression, and increasing pressure from the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover, caused the O'Connor System to come apart. This resulted in the broad daylight kidnapping of St. Paul brewery mogul William Hamm Jr., and banker Edward Bremer by members of the Barker-Karpis gang.[1]


# Street
1031 Robert Street South, West Saint Paul, Minnesota 10311,031 Robert Street S
1295 Lincoln Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 12951,295 Lincoln Avenue
1590 Mississippi Boulevard South, Saint Paul, Minnesota 15901,590 Mississippi Boulevard S
1916 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 19161,916 Summit Avenue
1941 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 19411,941 Grand Avenue
204 Vernon Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 204204 Vernon Street
2214 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 22142,214 Marshall Avenue
2252 Fairmount Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 22522,252 Fairmount Avenue
35 Isabel Street West, Saint Paul, Minnesota (Razed) 3535 Isabel Street W
706 Lincoln Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 706706 Lincoln Avenue
Bremer Kidnapping Site, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Castle Royal, 215 Wabasha Street South, Saint Paul, Minnesota 215215 Wabasha Street S
Cle-mar Apartments, 2062 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 20622,062 Marshall Avenue
Commodore Hotel, 79 Western Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 7979 Western Avenue
Como Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Cretin Court Apartments, 50 Cretin Avenue South, Saint Paul, Minnesota 5050 Cretin Avenue S
Dale Apartments, 628 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 628628 Grand Avenue
Dan Hogan House, 1607 7th Street West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 16071,607 7th Street W
Edgecumbe Court Apartments, 1095 Osceola Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 10951,095 Osceola Avenue
Edward Bremer House, 92 Mississippi River Boulevard North, Saint Paul, Minnesota 9292 Mississippi River Boulevard
Grand Avenue Apartments, 1290 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 12901,290 Grand Avenue
Green Dragon Cafe, 469 Snelling Avenue North, Saint Paul, Minnesota (Razed) 469469 Snelling Avenue N
Green Lantern Saloon, 545 Wabasha Street North, Saint Paul, Minnesota (Razed) 545545 Wabasha Street N
Hamm Brewery, Saint Paul, Minnesota 681681 Minnehaha Avenue E
Hamm Building, 408 Saint Peter Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 408408 Saint Peter Street
Harry Sawyer House, 1878 Jefferson Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 18781,878 Jefferson Avenue
Holly Falls Apartments, 562 Holly Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 562562 Holly Avenue
Kensington Hall, 928 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 928928 Grand Avenue
Lincoln Court Apartments, 93 Lexington Parkway South, Saint Paul, Minnesota 9393 Lexington Parkway S
Lincoln Oaks Apartments, 572 Lincoln Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 572572 Lincoln Avenue
Saint Paul City Hall - Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 Kellogg Boulevard West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 1515 Kellogg Boulevard W
Saint Paul Downtown Airport, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul Police Headquarters, 100 11th Street East, Saint Paul, Minnesota 100100 11th Street E
Schmidt Brewing Company, 882 7th Street West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 882882 7th Street W
Summit Terrace, 616 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 616616 Summit Avenue
The Kennington, 565 Portland Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 565565 Portland Avenue
Wildwood Amusement Park, Mahtomedi, Minnesota
William and Marie Hamm House, 668 North Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 668668 Greenbrier Street N



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