Champaign's Gambling Hotspots in 1937


Champaign's Gambling Hotspots in 1937




Items related to gambling in Champaign in 1937.


Sherrie Bowser; Tom Kuipers; Allison Kilberg


The Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library




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Collection Items

"Pitcher and Maier" Business Card
The card reads in full:For Direct and Authentic Race ResultsCALL ONPITCHER and MAIER105 N. MarketPhone 6-1500     Champaign...........................Free Lunchand Supper each Thursday and Friday Nightand Bring Your Friend

Clay poker chips from Gambler's Row, 1930s
These 40 clay poker chips were found inside a wall at 105 N. Market Street in Champaign during a 1984 remodeling of the building. The chips were presumably dumped into the wall during a police raid in the 1930s.

"Champaign Mayor Cites Obstacles to War on Gambling"
Headline of article "Champaign Mayor Cites Obstacles to War on Gambling" from November 21, 1895 issue of the Champaign Daily News.

Sheriff's Book
1925 Sheriff's book log entries for arrests. Note that the first six entries are arrests for gambling and those arrested are all out of state.

Successful Raid
1895 newspaper article about a police raid on an illegal gambling site located in a room above McCarty Bros. Restaurant at 71 E Main St.

Criminal Charge against Gambling
Front side of first known recorded criminal charge against gambling in Champaign County. Case filed October term, 1857. John Sullivan charged with keeping a common gambling house for his gain.

"Near Death"
Image of University of Illinois student William Spurrier, whom ultimately died following a visit to local gambling, drinking, and prostitution establishments in Champaign.

Flynn Campaign Poster
Mayor James Flynn’s 1939 re-election poster. He won the election on April 18, 1939.

Editorial in Evening Courier
First of a series of articles on gambling establishments in Champaign.

Dixon's Policy House
Gus Dixon’s Policy House on the 600 block of Poplar St.
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