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The Gangster Museum of America

The Gangster Museum of America

Long before the rise of Vegas, gambling, bootlegging, and prostitution was a $100 million dollar a year business in the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Even though gambling was illegal, everyone from the Governor of Arkansas down to the Hot Springs mayor, police and fire departments turned a blind eye and kept an open hand for bribes. By the late 1920s, Hot Springs legendary as a popular hangout for many of America's most infamous gangsters, even notorious bank robbers like the Barker Gang and Bonnie & Clyde. Historians conjecture that the reason there were no bank robbers in Hot Springs throughout the 1920s, 30s and 40s because the bank robbers hung out in Hot Springs when they were off duty. Al Capone loved Hot Springs so much he'd ship in his armored plated Cadillac and book an entire floor in the swanky Arlington Hotel whenever he and his associates came to town. Back home on the streets of Chicago or New York City, mobsters such as Albert Anastasia, Benny Siegel, Mayer Lansky, Bugs