Prohibition was a wild and rowdy time in American history. During that time period, Florida was a rough and tumble State with Miami at the heart of the “wild wild west” mystique and was considered the bootlegging capital.
The iconic gangster of this time frame, Al Capone used Miami as a winter retreat from the cold – harsh – windy city of Chicago.
Although just a small time whistlestop during the late 20’s and early 30’s, Lake City FL was frequented by Al Capone on his many trips. Boasted the Blanche Hotel, which Capone would choose as a stop along the way.
Limited historical archives suggest that Rum Island on the Santa Fe River got its name from a clandestine hideout and alcohol still location for rum runners during prohibition.
Is it possible that Al Capone, the notorious gangster actually had operations in this remote area? Certainly, a remote -lawless area with access to both the Suwanee River and the Gulf Of Mexico, this island and natural springs surrounding it – would have made for an ideal place to run a bootleg operation.
Located of off CR 138 Rum Island Springs Park is an awesome place to start your adventure. Explore Rum Island and Rum Island Springs for yourself and experience the mystery and beauty of one of North Central Florida’s treasures.