1920s – 1960s Quaint Little Hot Springs! Um… Gangsters, Gambling, and Women!

gangster museumFrom the late 1920s to the late 1960s,  Quaint Little Hot Springs was known for their mineral baths… OH and we can add some big name stars, notorious gangsters, illegal gambling and affordable ‘ladies of the evening’. If you want to find out how ‘hoppin’ Hot Springs was in the past… Well, then you just have to visit The Gangster Museum of America !

100_5558There are so many artifacts, including one of the few remaining death masks of John Dillinger (yeah, a bit weird, but they used to do that a lot back then).

You will learn how Alphonse Gabriel Capone first came to Hot Springs in the early 20’s with his “boss” at the time. They would stay at the  enormous Majestic Hotel (which is being demolished at this time). Later, as Al rose to the height of his Gangster status, he owned a suite on the fourth floor of the Arlington Hotel (still in operation today). Some other notorious visitors include Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Ben Siegel, Jimmy Blues Eyes, and Albert Anastasia just to name a few. 


100_5574This guided tour will let you take a peek at the past when gambling, boot-legging, prostitution, and hot mineral baths brought people from all over the country to this little Spa City.

Now at the Gangster Museum of America, you can see many things… including a real Tommygun (yes, it is plugged and pin has been removed).

You can even hold it and pretend you are Al’s bodyguard. BTW that tommygun weighs 12 lbs… heavy thing… lol! 


So much to see and learn here with recorded interviews and a secret underground…

Plus you can pick  up a copy of

Book Cover

Hot Springs: From Capone to Costello

written by Robert Raines, Director of the Gangster Museum of America

510 Central Ave
Hot Springs, Arkansas
(501) 318-1717

100_5598Next, we continue on a gangster theme and head down to the Ohio Club. For more than a  100 years, the Ohio Club has been the place to be for celebrities, Major League ball players ( like Babe Ruth), and the gangster element of course. Fantastic entertainment has always been featured with greats like Al Jolson and Mae West back in the day. You can still find great music, drinks and good food continuing the tradition…. Although you will not find the casino on the second floor. I sat down with Al Capone (who was lounging outside the club) to get his recommendation of drinks to try.

100_5582 We went with The Ohio Berry and Pineapple upsidedown.

Great choices, we loved them!

drinktile This club is awesome. So much memorabilia and would ya look at that Bar Back…

Ohio Club-vert I just LOVE LOVE this place. Friendly staff and fun surroundings.

Make sure you stop by

336 Central Ave
Hot Springs, Arkansas
(501) 627-0702

Oh, almost forgot another great place to eat is Smokin’ in Style BBQ. Wow… you walk in the door and the smell is just… Awesome! Talk about good food. We decided to do the super sampler… Way more food than we expected. Oh but sooooo good.

bbq-horz If you need a smokin bbq infusion while visiing Hot Springs… This is the place.

2278 Albert Pike Rd
Hot Springs, Arkansas
(501) 767-9797

This trip has been so much fun. I will wrap up tomorrow with many other entertaining choices in Hot Springs.


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40 Responses to 1920s – 1960s Quaint Little Hot Springs! Um… Gangsters, Gambling, and Women!

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That is so cool! My husband would LOVE that museum – he’s into gangster stuff.

  2. I’m loving all the Hot Springs posts. We love going to Hot Springs! 🙂
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  3. Very cool! I never knew that Hot Springs had a gangster past!
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  4. lisa says:

    This sounds so fun! I love the history of gangsters and those drinks look fabulous!
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  5. Laura Funk says:

    How fun! 12lbs tommy gun! Even plugged in that is scary
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  6. Milena says:

    Awesome! I would love to hold Tommygun!
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  7. This place sounds like a blast. I never heard of anything like this before.
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  8. Lisa Nolan says:

    You had me at Hot Springs! What a fun trip, loved all the details! I need to get out more, LOL! I remember Gold Rush weekend vacations with my mom when I was young! Oh, and sipping sasperilla! Nice job!
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  9. becca says:

    What a cool place. I would love to hang out here.
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  10. I find this so interesting. Especially from the early 1900’s. I bet this is an amazing museum.
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  11. Lorane says:

    I love any type of Historical Tours… I always looking at the way women dressed from different eras and compare it to what we wear now and realize it’s not that different
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  12. This gangster museum sounds like it would be a lot of fun. If I am ever down that way I will check it out
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  13. What a nice and perfect place for relaxation? I wish I can go in hot spring too.

  14. Liz Mays says:

    I’d love getting a glimpse of history like that. The club sounds fun too.
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  15. I would love to go and soak in the hot springs. I have arthritis and fibromyalgia so I bet it would feel wonderful to soak in the warm water for long periods of time.
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  16. The gangster museum looks like a really fun place to visit. I am really into this time period. I think the lifestyle was very unique and interesting.
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  17. Tamara says:

    So fascinating about the Spa City! And the super sampler sold me. I want that!!
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  18. Andrea Kruse says:

    Interesting! That would be such a fun stop to make. I would love to learn more about all those infamous names!

  19. This looks like a lot of fun. I have always been interested in the twenties!
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  20. Courtney says:

    This looks like so much fun! I have always loved the gangsters of the roaring 20s’!
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  21. Ooh, fun stuff! This has my dad written all over it. I wish I could take him for Father’s Day!
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  22. Carol Bryant says:

    You have so much fun on your trips – I love the whole roaring 20s era – thanks for the pics.
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  23. Rosey says:

    A 12 lb. gun, that’s crazy! It does look fun and I LOVE the pictures!!

  24. mabi says:

    What a cool place. And those drinks look yummy!
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  25. Amanda Love says:

    These both look like fun places to visit. Really love the Gangster museum.

  26. Megan says:

    This looks like such a fun place to visit!! Thanks for sharing!
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  27. I would love to visit this museum! Something about gangsters fascinate me. 🙂
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  28. It is great to be able to learn the history of a place and what goes on to making it what it is now.
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  29. Elizabeth O. says:

    It must have been so fun! I love your photo where you are holding a tommy gun.

  30. This place looks awesome! I hope to check it out one of these days!
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  31. I would love to experience this place! I’m into history, especially when drinks are involved. lol.
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  32. This is just amazing. My father would be thrilled to visit. He is into this gangster theme
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  33. Tonya C says:

    That is so funny there is a gangster museum! I’m sure that was so much fun to visit.
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  34. Censie says:

    How fun. I love all things old style gangster!
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  35. Erinn S says:

    That is so fascinating to me. I would love to visit

  36. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This sounds like an amazing adventure indeed and I would so love to do this with my family. We all love this type of history and so love museums. I totally love how you did this post. thanks for sharing.

  37. Melissa Vera says:

    Wow this sounds like such a fun tour. It must have been really interesting to learn about all those gangsters.
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  38. Krystal says:

    I would so love to see this place in person. I think my husband would get a big kick out of it!

  39. Kiwi says:

    How historical! I have always been curious about the 1920s and the era of gangsters!
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  40. Wow, what a history to learn about in the Gangster Museum of America. That sounds like such an interesting place to visit!
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