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Gangsters & Ghosts downtown walking tour

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Experience hosted by Minda

90 mins
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

If you think all the big-time gangsters of Illinois were in Chicago, then you haven't heard about John Looney. In the early 1900s, Looney ruled an empire of booze, bribery, extortion, gambling, and prostitution ... and he was responsible for at least six murders. It's said even Al Capone was scared of him!

Join me on a walking tour through downtown Rock Island where we'll see Looney's old haunts, such as where he first started out as a lawyer in town, the building where he had the printing press for his "yellow newspaper," where the Looney-driven riots took place, and the location of the shoot-out that took the life of his only son occurred.

We'll also discover some actual haunts along the way, including the old YMCA building where almost constant paranormal activity occurs.

Step back into history with me to when Rock Island was Looney's town and Prohibition didn't matter.

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If you think all the big-time gangsters of Illinois were in Chicago, then you haven't heard about John Looney. In the early 1900s, Looney ruled an empire of booze, bribery, extortion, gambling, and prostitution ... and he was responsible for at least six murders. It's said even Al Capone was scared of him!

Join me on a walking tour through downtown Rock Island where we'll see Looney's old haunts, such as where he first started out as a…

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Meet your host, Minda

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I love a good local legend or a ghost story, don't you? I've got a few, and I want to share with you! I'm a local author and cemetery aficionado, and I've been studying the history of Rock Island and the Quad Cities for many years. I've given tours of area and regional cemeteries and have given presentations throughout the Midwest on local and regional cemeteries and history, ghost stories, urban legends, and more. As a native of the Quad Cities, I've grown up hearing about our history and legends. Now I want to share them with you!
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Where you'll be

Our tour will take to different areas around downtown Rock Island that are connected to John Looney's history and locations said to have paranormal activity.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

More tips

This tour route has no hills. Wear your walking shoes and bring a bottle of water. We'll meet rain or (moon) shine. There are no public restrooms downtown. As the tour discusses gangsters, it includes adult content. Parental guidance is suggested.

What to bring

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walking shoes