Saturday, April 22, 2017

Acid attacks, shootings, burnings were typical events on the Gold Coast of Rankin County.

 Collection of all posts covering the Gold Coast of Rankin County.

1940 was a typical year on the Gold Coast of Rankin County: Bootleggin', whiskey, shootings, and good ole fashioned hell-raisin'. Jackson City Limits and The Dock had nothing on this place.   Someone even thought it would be groovy to drop some acid on the Sheriff.  Posted below is a collection of 1940 articles from the Clarion-Ledger covering the Gold Coast.  Enjoy. 






15 comments:

Anonymous said...

kingfish, why you've decided to repeatedly highlight a portion of the history of this area that covers the lowest-life pieces of crap that populated this area kind of escapes me.
Decent people of the era avoided this area. You can say, "yeah, but all you Baptists, Methodists, etc. were coming here to get your booze on" all day. Most people did not.
You could just as easily post stories about the Klan back then, in a "gee, isn't this kind of cool", kind of way.
The Klan sucked, the gangsters of the Gold Coast sucked. Call a spade a spade.
It wasn't cool then, it's not cool now.
I don't see you posting articles from that area about the building of Jackson and the surrounding area.
Apparently, the only thing that you find interesting is the thugs, whores and bootleggers that infested that portion of our state.
Or, is it that, the only thing that is click bait is the type of story that dwells on the basest of people's instinct is what you highlight.
You choose to go low, or go high.
Way to go, big guy. You rock!

Anonymous said...

It's all about alcohol which preceded racial beatings. Like the chicken and egg debate. I'm betting the ignorant drunks preceded the cross burnings. All of that is trumped by brick columns and interstate exits which is where these folks moved when the revenuers caught up. All hail first baptist anywhere.

Anonymous said...

FBC Jackson East

Anonymous said...

king fish is the only guy in mississippi thats got the guts to tell it like it is and like it was. i got a history degree from a "prestigious" university in this state in this state back in 1980, and i have since leaned that everything i was taught was a stinking whitewash of what really happened. keep telling the truth KF.

Anonymous said...

7:12, My Daddy (from Madison County) fought in France in WWI and later liked to gamble and party at the Gold Coast. He died in 1965 when I was in high school before I was old enough to think to ask him to tell me his "stories". I find this bit of local history interesting.

Daddy was friends with Paul Crechale (who later started Crechale's Restaurant) back when Paul was maitre'd at the Rotisserie at five points. You weren't supposed to serve beer on Sundays then, so Paul would bring Daddy his beer in a tea pot. I remember eating at Crechales when I was a little boy in the 1950's. It has not changed much since then..............

Anonymous said...

"The Klan sucked, the gangsters of the Gold Coast sucked. Call a spade a spade."

Yes, but most of us have been force-fed more than we ever cared to know about the Klan. This Gold Coast stuff, however, is brand-new to most of us, therefore interesting.

"All of that is trumped by brick columns and interstate exits which is where these folks moved when the revenuers caught up."

Of course. All the racial beatings are happening in Madison now. How they manage to keep it out of the papers is beyond me. Enjoy your delusions, jealous boy.

Anonymous said...

Not too long after the whackass goings on detailed in these articles some of these same party animals probably were founding members of the Citizens' Councils.

Anonymous said...

I dunno, 7:12, perhaps there is a lesson in all this. Perhaps, when we make things illegal that people are going to use anyway, we give organized crime control of distribution of the products. Maybe we make everyday people into criminals and thrust them into seedy places if they choose to purchase the product. These stories are not about Rankin County and they are not exclusively about low life's (unless you count the prohibition members of CCJ --- :). . They are about prohibition. There were pockets of this all over the state. Good, decent, otherwise law abiding citizens bought liquor at these places because they wanted it and didn't think there was anything wrong with it.

Anonymous said...

Kf after reading all the heroics of the highway patrol i wanted to tell you Rusty Barnes formally of this great institution is now with the fire marshals office. He did such a wonderful job at DPS.

Anonymous said...

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

Anonymous said...

Those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them... nah, it's more fun to revise history or pretend parts of it did not happen. Let's keep our heads in the sand and pretend the Gold Coast didn't exist....

As for me, I'll study my history and learn my lessons.

Thanks for sharing, KF!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving us these fascinating bits of history, KF.
Very interesting reading.

Anonymous said...


I was 17 in 1960 and a few of us old Murrah boys would run over to Rankin County and pull around back of a few places and get our whiskey supply for the weekend. That was the way things were done back then. I have no memory of bad things happening during those years. Blacks and Whites got along great and there was almost zero crime.

I really miss those days---------

Anonymous said...

7:12,
Kingfish likes to report history BECAUSE it is history. It's truth and a lot of us have heard of many of these characters. After last week's info on Red Hydrick, I asked my day if he knew Red. He said he sure did know him and mentioned to me that one of Red's sons (maybe his only son ?) was found dead in either the Pearl River, or some river for some misdeeds.

Also, Sheriff Overby who was killed in a shootout with the notorious Sam Seany (both men shot and killed each other)is a distant relative. So, I don't think KF is glorifying any of the participants from the gold coast days, he's just sharing history and for those of us who have an interest in these matters, his efforts are appreciated.

Kingfish said...

Overby was a constable.

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