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Catching up with Dillinger and Capone

May 14, 2009

Article_big_128850801873189004With the July release of Johnny Depp’s movie, Public Enemies, Wisconsin is seeing a resurgence of interest in it’s past history of hosting gangsters the likes of Al Capone, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson. Wisconsin was a haven for Chicago-based gangsters on the run in the 1920s and ‘30s, due mainly to its isolated locations and northern rural landscape.

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has compiled an exhaustive list of sights to see to replay Wisconsin’s gangster history, called the “Gangster Tour.” More than 20 locations are included in the tour of northern and southern Wisconsin as well as two video tours. Included in the self-guided tour are sights where Public Enemies was shot last year.

Highlights include:

Lac du Flambeau: Dillman’s Bay Resort
Cabin 5 was used by Baby Face Nelson as a hideout following his escape from the FBI shoot out at the Little Bohemia Lodge.

Miscuano Island: Four Seasons Resort
Al Capone is also rumored to have spent time at the Four Seasons Resort on Miscuano Island, near the Marinette County community of Pembine.

Lake Geneva: French Country Inn
Known during prohibition as the Lake Como Hotel, the French Country Inn was a hideaway for Al Capone, Bugs Moran, John Dillinger and Babyface Nelson. Before his fatal shootout with the FBI, Nelson was spotted near the hotel by agents shopping for groceries.

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  1. […] agent (Melvin Purvis played by Christian Bale) who sets out to stop him.  As we’ve shared in a previous post, Wisconsin played host to many depression-era gangsters including Dillinger, Capone, Baby Face […]



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