From 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 !
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.
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
Hot Springs: From Capone to Costello
written by Robert Raines, Director of the Gangster Museum of America
Next, 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.
Great choices, we loved them!
Make sure you stop by
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.
This trip has been so much fun. I will wrap up tomorrow with many other entertaining choices in Hot Springs.