Newport: The Sin City Years

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Located in Northern Kentucky, Newport is a small, historic river town bustling with business in a respectful and developing community. While it is now known for its charm, Newport once had a dark and sinister past known as its "Sin City years." Newport earned its reputation for vice, crime, political corruption, bootlegging, casinos, brothels, and bookie joints early in the city's history. During the Civil War, soldiers stationed at the Newport Barracks were offered entertainment from various saloons and bordellos located in the city. At the turn of the 20th century, John Thompson, a Newport native, invented the Thompson Machine Gun. The "tommy gun" was made infamous by gangsters during Prohibition. Citizens of Newport, fed up with the city's sordid reputation, eventually banded together to drive out the vice and reclaim their city. After a long struggle, Newport is now a pleasant and enchanting community.
ISBN: 9780738586922
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Kentucky
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Robin Caraway is a reference assistant at the Kenton County Public Library and a native of Newport. An avid lover of family and local history, Caraway researched old newspapers, police reports, and archives to uncover much of the information included in Newport: The Sin City Years. Many of the photographs appear courtesy of the Kenton County Public Library and other local collections.
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