Take a walking tour to see where Dillinger and other gangsters spent time in St. Paul

Kathy Berdan, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
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Apr. 11—Want to see where the notorious used to spend their time in St. Paul in the 1930s? Walking Gangster Tours have returned with the warm weather, offering a guided stroll through the Capital City to hear stories of gangsters John Dillinger, Alvin Karpis, Fred Barker and others.

The not-so-law-abiding types found refuge in St. Paul in the 1930s, thanks to an arrangement with the police, who allowed Dillinger and others to hang out as long as they didn't commit any crimes while they were here.

CynCity tour guides tell the historic tales during a 90-minute walking tour around St. Paul. One of the guides, Cynthia Schreiner Smith, is a native of St. Paul's East Side and co-author of the recently-released book "Alvin Karpis and the Barker Gang in Minnesota." According to a CynCity release, she's been giving the tours for more than 20 years.

Group size is limited and COVID safety measures and followed. Tours cost $20 and take place at 1 p.m. Sundays in April. For info or tickets, go to cyncitytours.com.