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TOUR STOPS

You can start and stop your tour wherever you like but if you want to keep the story in context, we suggest you start with the Tour Introduction and then head for Stop 1: The Valentine Theatre and Showboat Lounge located at 418 Superior Street. 

 

If possible, snag a parking space in front of the Valentine Theatre.   On-street parking in downtown Toledo is free at meters on weekends and between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, unless otherwise posted. If your vehicle is equipped with Bluetooth audio, we suggest you link up your phone for a little more "oomph" from our sound effects and a better tour experience.  Enjoy!

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STOP 1

Valentine Theatre and Showboat Lounge

418 Superior Street

Learn how the Valentine Theatre fits into our story, as well as the Show Boat Lounge.

STOP 2

Toledo Bowling and Pastime Club 

426 Superior Street

Ever wonder what was here before Georgio's Cafe International?  Check this out...

STOP 3

Bell Murder

Superior and Jackson

Things turned very ugly with this botched gangland slaying.

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STOP 4

The Studio Club

513 St. Clair Street

Jack Kennedy's Studio Club was a popular destination for Toledo's movers and shakers in the early 1930's.

STOP 5

Who Was Jimmy Hayes?

St Clair and Madison

Jimmy Hayes played a key role in the Unholy Toledo story.

STOP 6

Central Post Office Robbery

Jefferson and 13th Street

Site of the largest robbery in Toledo history.

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STOP 7

The Cleveland Boys Make Their Point

Jefferson and 16th Street

The Cleveland Mob wanted their take in Jimmy Hayes' Cleveland operations and came to Toledo to make a point.

STOP 8

Murder at the Park Lane

Jefferson and 23rd Street

The Licavoli takeover attracted some ruthless characters to Toledo.

STOP 9

The FBI Sneaks into Toledo

2132 Monroe Street

Just how bad were things in Toledo in terms of payoffs and police looking the other way?  

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STOP 10

Fight at the Acme Sales Company

Monroe and Michigan

Like a scene right out of a movie, Jack Kennedy proved he didn't take guff from anyone.

STOP 11

The Tenderloin District Closes

St. Clair and Lafayette

Toledo's Tenderloin District had an infamous reputation until the Federal government got involved.

STOP 12

Willow Beach

4526 N Summit St

Jimmy Hayes was a gambling genius and Willow Beach was his biggest bet.

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STOP 13

Golden Rose Supper Club

121st Street and 304th Street

Licavoli dumped a ton of money into this nightclub only to see it never pan out.

STOP 14

Kennedy Hit

5902 Edgewater Drive

The Licavoli Gang finally caught up to Jack Kennedy in Point Place in July of 1934.

STOP 15

Club Devon

6225 Benore Road

Club Devon has been described as the largest casino in North America in the early 1940's.

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STOP 16

The Villa

6630 S Dixie Hwy, Erie, MI

Another example of Jimmy Hayes staying ahead of the game was the opening of The Villa across the Michigan line from Toledo.

STOP 17

The Avenue of Booze

Dixie Highway/Detroit Avenue

Dixie Highway received so much traffic during Prohibition, it became known as the “Avenue of Booze” and "Rummer’s Runaway.”

STOP 18

Commodore Perry

505 Jefferson Ave

The Unholy Toledo Tour ends at the Commodore Perry Hotel in 1944.