In the 1930s St Paul was known as a “crooks haven”, a safe place for criminals to hide or reside under the knowing gaze of the city police force. During this 2-hour tour, your guide brings the past to life as you walk the same streets that made our capital city so attractive to gangsters and bank robbers, bootleggers and kidnappers. Hear how Saint Paul became a safe haven city, opening the door for many of America's most wanted criminals to hide out during prohibition and beyond. Discover how dirty cops, Prohibition, and the Great Depression combined to create a St Paul for sinners and see where many were eventually brought to justice. Visit sites where hideouts and speakeasies and gangsters mixed in with ordinary businesses and citizens Includes a drink in a former notorious gambling den and speakeasy AND popcorn from a St Paul institution that got its start during the gangster days. Guided by a character from Saint Paul’s past. Visit our website to book.
Begins at Science Museum of Minnesota, outside main entrance on Kellogg Blvd; ends on St Peter Street