Once a safe haven for gangsters in the 1930's, there are many remnants of that period still around today.
Saint Paul's Gangster Era of the 1930's
Saint Paul’s history as a Prohibition-era hotbed for gangsters, gals and whiskey runners is well known.
The city became a haven for notorious names like John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, and the Barker gang, whose activities extended to robbing banks, holding up mail trucks and trains, and kidnapping hostages for ransom.
Saint Paul offers numerous tours with various companies highlighting the gangster era of the 1930's.
"If you were looking for a guy you hadn’t seen for a few months, you usually thought of two places—prison or St. Paul.” - Alvin Karpis
Saint Paul's notorious gangster past of the 1930's is captured in the following links, books and movies.
Saint Paul was full of gangsters throughout the 1930's. Below is a description of some of the more popular names and faces of the era: