Back In The Day, This Quiet Arkansas Town Was A Mafia Mecca

The strong association with relaxing baths, local shops, and bottling spring water makes me nearly always forget Hot Springs’ mafia connection until I’m actually strolling around the city. Little tidbits like reading the historic plaques or walking past the gangster museum will remind me that this pleasant tourist town was once a mafia mecca. Let’s don our fedoras and look at some of the mean muggers that organized the illegal gambling rings and bootlegged booze.

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