The Boston Evening Transcript headline proclaimed the news on July 29, 1931: “Vermont’s Toughest Town Moves to Rid Itself of Gangsters.” Prohibition was at its height with two more years to go before its repeal by the Twenty-First Amendment. The newspaper reported that gangsters lolled on Depot Street in Lyndonville, VT, parked their rum running cars in plain sight and sometimes gave local teenagers high speed rides on their back road getaway routes.
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