History of Hip: DUIs, Bootlegging and Murder in Midway

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Midway’s strategic location, industries and community have always contributed to its distinctive character and make it a great neighborhood from which to explore the lofty ambitions and deep flaws of America’s “Noble Experiment,” Prohibition. The neighborhood was annexed by the City of Saint Paul as a dry community, but from the outset its residents and businesses struggled with illicit activity, bootlegging and even murder: a gangland hit at the corner of Snelling and University in 1932. Historian and author Brian McMahon shares his own research about auspicious moments in this neighborhood’s unique history during Prohibition and today. Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo of Bang Brewing discuss their fledgling Midway brewery, share samples and thoughts on commerce and drinking in the neighborhood.