Scarface Al Capone’s Wisconsin Hideout Sold to Bank for $2.6M

October 10, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A couple of dozen onlookers showed up to witness the auction of a wooded, Northern Wisconsin 407-acre estate, once reputably used as the hideout of notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone, also known as “Scarface” and “Public Enemy Number One.” But despite the colorful history of the secluded property, no one was able to come up with the minimum bid price of $2.6 million. The bank then purchased the property for the minimum price.

The Chippewa Valley Bank foreclosed on the massive estate, containing a main lodge and various outbuildings, last year. And interested buyers as far away as Australia, called to inquire about the gangster’s hideout, but no serious buyers emerged.

Scarface’s hideout estate near Couderay, Wisconsin has long been a popular tourist attraction, offering tours and serving meals. Visitors had a chance to view features, like the guard tower (machine gun tower), a 37-acre private lake (maybe containing a dead gangster or two?), an eight-car garage (once housing getaway, bootlegging and gun-running vehicles, maybe) and a massive fireplace, once used to burn evidence, of course.

The 407-acre estate, also includes the main lodge hideout, a barn and small outbuildings, maybe once used as holding cells for Capone’s captives.

During the lawless times and gangland violence of the 1920s Prohibition era in Chicago, Scarface Capone, became known as the country’s most famous and notorious gangster. Scarface rose to head a giant crime syndicate, which controlled illegal speakeasies, bookie joints, gambling houses and brothels.

Al Capone, after serving a lengthy prison sentence at Alcatraz, died quietly of cardiac arrest on January 24, 1947.

Jeffrey Guettinger, the lawyer representing the bank said, a Sawyer County court must approve the bank’s bid and once that occurs, the bank plans to sell the property.


Capone Photo Source: Jun Fujita, (ICHi-14414)


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