Capone's Wisconsin hideout sells for $2.6 million

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 10:38 AM

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) — The former hideout of Chicago mobster Al Capone in northern Wisconsin has sold for $2.6 million to the bank that foreclosed on the property.

Margie Schull of the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department says Chippewa Valley Bank was the only bidder during a five-minute sheriff's sale on the steps of the county courthouse Thursday.

The bank had foreclosed on the 407-acre wooded site in April 2008. The property still includes guard towers and Capone's stone house with 18-inch thick walls.

Capone headed a massive bootlegging, gambling and prostitution operation during Prohibition. Legend claims that shipments of bootlegged alcohol were flown to the Wisconsin hideout on planes that landed on the property's 37-acre lake. The booze was then loaded onto trucks bound for Chicago.

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