Mobsters and Rumrunners of Canada: Crossing the Line by Gord SteinkeU.S. prohibition laws in the 1920s led to lucrative dealings between business-savvy Canadians and big-time hoods from south of the 49th parallel. Underground operations literally flourished, such as the stash of booze and cash hidden beneath the streets of Moose Jaw by the notorious Al Capone and his Canadian partner Diamond Jim Grady. Mobsters & Rumrunners of Canada is a collection of true stories that are the stuff of legends, complete with brutal slayings and Keystone Cop misadventures. Read about rumrunners from across Canada who used elaborate tricks and ruses to sneak booze past the long arm of the law on both sides of the border. Youll meet such colorful characters as Rocco Perri, the Purple Gang, Dutch Schulz and many more.
Moose Jaw's Urban Legend
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. One of the strangest stories in 20th-century Canadian history is coming to light thanks to excavations under the streets of Moose Jaw. For more than 75 years, city officials denied rumours of a network of tunnels located under this sleepy city, once one of the wildest frontier towns in the Canadian West. Now part of the network has been restored and is open to tourists. Promoted as The Tunnels of Little Chicago, the underground maze has become the city's most popular tourist attraction, with more than , visitors to date.
What does the word "tunnels" represent? The term tunnels refers to passageways and corridors which interconnect basements, storage rooms, and hidden chambers. Have these tunnels existed for many years? These passageways and others like them would have been built around the time these businesses were constructed which was in the late s and early s. What were the original tunnels used for? We believe the earliest use was as utility tunnels between buildings. The steam engineers who maintained the boilers constructed these access passageways so they would not have to exit one building to get to the next.
Oct 11, Some stories even claim that Al Capone was a frequent visitor to the city, going about his secret business under the streets of Moose Jaw.
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Tunnels of Moosejaw
And he might have done it with the help of Saskatchewan. Joseph Bukowski moved from the United States to a Farm near Weyburn, and he always seemed a little more successful than all of his rural neighbours. It searches for proof to the many stories connecting Capone to the land of living skies, specifically in Moose Jaw. She said dozens of rum jugs were found in their farm house attics, a lot of the sheds on the property were the perfect size to hide a car, and the farm had a very profitable second set of accounting books for the family farm. Lauder never considered her childhood out of the ordinary, but as the new film shows, even a 70 year old connection to Al Capone is something to talk about.
Discover a wealth of interesting, entertaining and informative stories in each issue, delivered to you six times per year. The Saskatchewan city is encouraging visitors to explore its rum-running tunnel legacy. But is the tunnel lore based in fact? Or, is it an urban legend? In the ceiling inside the tunnel adjacent to the Bole Building is a manhole cover that opens into the middle of the River Street sidewalk. Note the two railway tracks that support the ceiling. Elsewhere in Moose Jaw in , a collapsed manhole revealed the presence of a subterranean chamber not linked to the sewage System, but which may have been a cistern used to store water or, by some recollections, to facilitate the Chinese population.
Just behind Al Capone's Hideaway motel , photo by morecoffeeplease on Flickr. A hundred or so years ago, Moose Jaw was a booming prairie metropolis with a dubious reputation. Gambling, drinking and loose women were everywhere. These illegal activities thrived thanks to a network of tunnels beneath the streets of the city that served the needs of gangsters, madams and bootleggers. Allegedly, at the turn of the last century, a network of tunnels running under the city of Moose Jaw was said to have been built by Chinese migrants.