This is an updated tour with new locations and stories added!
In 1931, during the era of G-Men, speakeasies, and Pretty Boy Floyd, a gang of Detroit wiseguys led by Thomas “Yonnie” Licavoli arrived in Toledo and brought with them a wave of violence unseen in Toledo's past: 14 murders in 36 months. Are you ready for the inside story? Welcome to the Unholy Toledo Tour!
Get ready for a unique drive – and a trip back in time. Along the way, you’ll:
• WITNESS Toledo as it was during the "unholy" years, when the "Tenderloin" district was as infamous as the Glass City’s gambling halls.
• STAKE OUT the hot spots and hit spots.
• INVESTIGATE the Licavoli Gang, club owner Jack Kennedy, kingpin Jimmy Hayes, and a cast of characters — major and minor, good and bad, but all historically accurate!
• EXPLORE Toledo from World War I through to the Prohibition Era and the end of World War II.
The most sensational crime of the era happened in July 1933 when a young club owner and bootlegger named Jack Kennedy was gunned down in Point Place. This tour tells Jack's story, from start to finish, over the course of a two-hour-long driving tour covering the downtown area and northern Toledo.
Make sure you check out our store after your tour and pick up some Unholy Toledo Tour swag! And don't forget our other tours at holytoledohistory.com.
The material for this tour is made possible by the outstanding research of two local historians, Ken Dickson and Terry Shaffer. Ken Dickson is the author of Nothing Personal Just Business, Prohibition and Murder on Toledo's Mean Streets, and Something for Nothing: Gambling in the Glass City. And Terry Shaffer is the author of Illegal Gambling Clubs of Toledo. Credit is also due to our local newspapers for their in-depth reporting during this turbulent time in Toledo history.
Music for this tour is provided by Bensound.com.