Newport: The Sin City Years

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Arcadia Publishing, 2009 - History - 127 pages
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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 aSin City years.a Newport earned its reputation for vice, crime, political corruption, bootlegging, casinos, brothels, and bookie joints early in the cityas 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 atommy guna was made infamous by gangsters during Prohibition. Citizens of Newport, fed up with the cityas 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.

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Speaking the truth and calling out those who were shady, crooked cops can get you hated (see comment below) :) The author has resources and references to back up all of the findings in her book.

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LOVED IT. Great photos of people and places that no longer exist in this area. Brought back a lot of memories! I am buying my entire family a copy of this book for Christmas.


The Syndicate Comes to Town
Gambling Girls and Graft
Newport Cleans Up
Newport Gets Dirty Again
A New Newport

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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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