My Al Capone Museum | home
MY AL CAPONE MUSEUM | Myalcaponemuseum Reviews | The Capone News | FAQ's | Mario Gomes | Al Capone's Gold Service | Al Capone's Tableware | Al Capone Shot Glass | Al Capone's Personal Silver Locket | Al Capone's Personal Dress Shirt | Al Capone's Personal Telephone | Al Capone's Elephant | Al Capone's Flatware | Al Capone's Etched Glasses | Al Capone's Personal Cuckoo Clock | Al Capone Framed Signature | Al Capone's Silver Tray | Al Capone's light fixtures | Al Capone's Personal Straw Boater? | Ralph Capone's Personal Items | Hymie Weiss Personal Prayer Book | John D. Torrio's Personal items | Louis "Two Gun" Alterie signed photo | SVD Massacre bullet fragments | Interesting items retrieved from Al Capone's Lexington office suite | Alton Hotel Relics | Al Capone Wax Figure | 7244 Prairie Avenue | 93 Palm Avenue | 93 Palm Avenue Part 2 | 93 Palm Avenue Part 3 | 93 Palm Avenue Part 4 | New 93 Palm Avenue home | New Palm Avenue home Part 2 | Artifacts from 93 Palm Avenue | The Capone era Cicero, Illinois | The Harvard Inn | The Four Deuces (2222 South Wabash) | The Hawthorne Hotel | The Metropole Hotel | The Lexington Hotel | Al Capone's Bathroom Tile From The Lexington Hotel | Geraldo's Capone Vault Grand Opening | Lexington's Destruction | X Marks the Spot magazine | Capone Magazines and Booklets | Capone Videos | Capone Books | Knick Knacks | Capone's Chicago | Chicago photos | Capone Documents | Capone Photographs | Capone Photographs 2 | Capone Photographs 3 | My History channel Shoot | Gravesites | Gravesites 2 | Al Capone; The Early Years | Al Capone's Sister Gets Married | Al Capone Speaks On Film! | Al Capone's CPD Mugshot | Al Capone and Friends: | FDR and Al Capone's Cadillac; Truth or Myth? | Al Capone in Hot Springs | Al Capone and Miami | Al Capone goes to Atlantic City | Al Capone Goes to Cuba | The Real Al Capone Quotes | The Al Capone Interview | Al Capone and Cigars | Capone at the Ballpark | Al Capone in Wisconsin | Al Capone's Death and Funeral | The St. Valentine's Day Massacre | The Massacre Pt.2 | Massacre Victim's Stats. | Massacre News blurbs | Some Theories on the Valentine Massacre | Discounted Valentine Massacre theories | Valentine Killers? | The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Wall bricks | The St. Valentine Massacre guns today | The Infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre forensic evidence | The Adonis Social Club Incident | When, Where and How did they die? | Gangster facts and side stories | The Obituaries | Gangster talk | Gangster Fashion | Gangster Molls | William Hale Thompson | Gangland Armourers | The Chicago Typewriter | Gangster Hitspots | Mae Capone | Louise Rolfe | Charles and Rocco Fischetti | Alberto Anselmi and Giovanni Scalise | Frank Parker | William Niemoth | Jack Guzik | Samuel "Golf bag"Hunt | Jake Lingle | Frankie Yale | Samoots Ammatuna | Jack Zuta | Leo Vincent Brothers | Edward David Vogel | John D. Torrio | Joe E. Lewis | Rocco DeGrazia | Machine Gun Jack McGurn | Willie Heeney | James "Fur" Sammons | Jack "Three fingered" White | George "Red" Barker | Anthony "Tough Tony" Capezio | Frank Nitto | Dean Charles O'Banion | Samuel Morton | George Clarence Moran | Hymie Weiss | Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci | Fred "Killer" Burke | Fred Goetz | Joe Aiello | Edward "Spike" O'Donnell | The Genna brothers | Angelo La Mantia | Edward O'Hare; Hero or zero? And the myth | Frank Rio | Ragtime Joe Howard | Hinky Dink and Bathouse John | Sol Van Praag | Theodore "The Greek" Anton | Joseph P. Bergl | Daniel "Danny" Stanton | Edward Tancl | Louis & Elliott Wisbrod | Eliot Ness | Al Capone's tax trial and downfall | Al in Jail | Mr. Joe Walters | Gangster articles | Newspapers of the day | Newspapers part Two | Newspapers Part Three | Newspapers Part Four | The Green Mill | Colosimo's | Alcatraz | Alcatraz Part 2 | Al Capone goes to Baltimore | Gangster sites today | Gangster Sites part 2 | Dead Gangsters | The Famous Capone Soup Kitchen | Origins of the Scars | Al Capone Myths | Collecting Al Capone? | The truth about Al Capone's signature | Al Capone Books | Fred Pasley's Al Capone book | Other Al Capone related Books | In Memoriam | Contact Me | Capone/ Gangster Collectibles for Sale | UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Al Capone in Hot Springs
After receiving several emails concerning the backdrop to certain photos pertaining to Al Capone, I've decided to post this page in efforts to stop the nonsense by others who keep misinforming people. First off, always research the photo before claiming to know people and places. Just because you heard it from someone related to Al Capone does not mean that person is correct. I can understand how some might be in "awe" of contacting a Capone relative and believe everything that comes out of their mouths, but trust me, after 30 years at this research business that "awe" factor quickly fades away, especially when the facts do not line up at all. The most honest answer I had ever gotten from a some of Al Capone's relatives was that 'We were not allowed to talk about him in the family" or "We don't know much because we weren't told anything as it was forbidden to ever ask anything about him".
I had gotten an email inquiring about a photo taken at a mock saloon. Where was that taken?
Many come up with a place called Sleepy Hollow, Michigan. That couldn't be further off from the truth! The real answer is Hot Springs, Arkansas!
Playground and getaway for some of the most famous gangsters there ever were.
Newspaper advertisements like these touted the rewards to your health by visiting Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Apparently, it could cure any ills of the day.
(The Evening Star, January 18, 1915).
Many Native American tribes believed in the healing properties from the 47 thermal springs situated around the Ouachita(s) mountains.
Arkansas was one state where a concentration of bathhouses and sulphur springs could help people cure their ills or just relax themselves back to their former selves.
After the Civil war several of these bath houses sprung up. The Arlington Hotel soon followed receiving guests from all over the country. Word soon spread after friends and relatives noticed a change from people who visited Hot Springs. It was the in place to go!
At one time Hot Springs boasted no more than 10 Casinos, one even with interest by none other than gangster Owney Madden.
Gangsters and their families were often seen there. Even friends and foes kept the peace while relaxing in Hot Springs.
There were many things do to. One favored sport was golfing.
A reprinted story about Ralph Sheldon and the mention of the Hot Springs photo with Al Capone.
(Minneapolis Star Tribune May 1, 1932).
Al Capone and Ralph Sheldon in Hot Springs, Arkansas 1926. Both left Chicago immediately after the murder of William McSwiggin. Ralph Sheldon would die in prison on July 5, 1944.
(Mario Gomes Collection)
The Detroit Free Press, April 10, 1932.
I blew it up for further proof. It's Alphonse Capone with Ralph Sheldon and NOT Ralph Capone as some suggest.
This is Ralph.
1926 Ralph Capone with a woman named Peggy. She was arrested with him in Cicero when the authorities proceded to raid gangster homes in search of the weapons and killers of Assistant State's Prosecutor William McSwiggin.
(Photo by kind courtesy of Susan)
Erronously identified as his wife, this may have been just one of Ralph's many girlfriends. By 1926, he was still not married to Velma Pheasant whom he married in 1928, and not 1923 as most others list. Ralph had been divorced from Florence Muscato since 1921.
(The Chicago Tribune April 30, 1926).
Capone gang hitmen Ralph Pierce and Sam hunt clowning around in Hot Springs.
Pierce is Hunt's pal and Murray Humphrey's bodyguard.
What is Happy Hollow?
Postcard of Happy Hollow in Hot Springs when it first opened.
(Mario Gomes Collection)
Happy Hollow was a place near a Hot Springs valley christened by it's originator. A Georgia born man by the name of Norman E. McLeod, who once lived in Florida. He soon tired of the life as an Art Gallery owner there and decided to close up shop and set for a better life in Arkansas. He settled in the beautiful valley of Hot Springs and opened a photographic studio. An excellent photographer, he was also an avid fan of the old west and dressed accordingly to greet the people who visited his studio. At this studio he would have mock up bars, cabins, and horse drawn carriages. McLeod was a lover of life and treated his fellow man with compassion. He often fed and helped out the needy. He enjoyed the laughter of children and seeing their happy faces. Sadly, on October 6, 1915, McLeod will pass away leaving his studio to others who will keep it going for a couple of decades more. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetary.
Ad in Hot Springs New Era newspaper, June 7, 1915.
Ralph Capone clowning around with friend in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Notice the sign on top.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters
Albert Capone tending mock bar.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters)
Sonny serving Mae a mock drink at Happy Hollow, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Note the 216 Central Avenue. Central Avenue is where Norman McLeod's photo studio was located.
(Mario Gomes Collection via Mae Capone Relative).
"Sonny" Albert Francis and his dad Al Capone in Hot Springs.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Helmer)
In Hot Springs, Willie Heeney second from left and Matt Capone tending bar.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters)
POINTING OUT THE PROOF
An Al Capone author, also claiming to be an expert, stated during an interview that there was no actual proof that Al Capone was ever in Hot Springs, Arkansas?
That statement in itself is quite laughable! Let the below photos help you decide!
Sonny and Mae. 216 Central Avenue is in Hot Springs. It's now a pancake shop.
Al and Sonny and Al. Two different occaisions, but same location in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Al Capone and Ralph Sheldon toasting their friendship in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Hot Springs, Arkansas postcard.
Ralph Capone in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Al Capone and friends on Fountain Street, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Google screenshot of same spot today.
Note the wall and steps. This location is just steps away from The Arlington Hotel where Al Capone and his family stayed.