Hot Springs’ Gambling Racket History

15 Jan

It’s no secret that Hot Springs operated the largest illegal gambling racket in the country between 1927 and 1967. People would come from all over the world to enjoy a hot thermal bath, good looking and affordable ladies of the night, and gamble in any of the 103 establishments that existed up and down Central Avenue, Park Avenue and Lake Hamilton. The video presentation in this gallery is especially valuable because it contains the only footage of Hot Springs madam, Maxine Harris Jones, giving her history lesson on Hot Springs. This sage’s insight into the world of finance and politics is priceless and still holds true today.

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