Wildwood Amusement Park, Mahtomedi, Minnesota
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Wildwood Amusement Park
|Ramsey County, Minnesota|
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Constructed by the Twin Cities Rapid Transit Company in the late 19th century at the end of their streetcar line, the company transported thousands of working people to affordable summer fun. Across the lake were (and are) the summer mansions of St. Paul's merchants, bankers and capitalists.
On August 13, 1930, authorities discovered the bodies of three Kansas City gangsters hanging from willow trees about a half-mile southeast of the entrance to Wildwood Amusement Park, located at the intersection of Highway 244 and Birchwood Rd. A few hundred yards away at 92 Mahtomedi Avenue (at Stillwater Rd./Cty Rd. 12) is Big Ben Restaurant, on the site of the original Picadilly, a favorite dined for the John Dillinger gang.
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