With 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.
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.