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Chicago mobster's hideout to be auctioned Thur.


HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) -- The former northern Wisconsin hideout of Chicago mobster Al Capone goes on the auction block Thursday.

A bank foreclosed on the 407-acre wooded site and a sheriff's sale takes place on the steps of the Sawyer County Courthouse in Hayward.

Chippewa Valley Bank says the starting bid is $2.6 million for a site that still includes guard towers and a stone house with 18-inch thick walls.

Capone -- nicknamed "Scarface" -- headed a massive bootlegging, gambling and prostitution operation during Prohibition and raked in tens of millions of dollars. He was widely suspected in several murders but never charged.

Legend claims that shipments of bootlegged alcohol were flown to the Wisconsin hideout on planes that landed on the property's 37-acre lake. The booze was then loaded onto trucks bound for Chicago.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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