The Gold Coast of Rankin County has a storied history. The Gold Coast was the section of Rankin County where Casey Lane and Fanin Road traversed near the Pearl River. Commonly referred to as "East Jackson", it was a hotspot of booze, gambling, nice restaurants, and good music for forty years. There was just one problem- Mississippi was a dry state (although beer was legal) and thus the bootleggers ran the Gold Coast. There were tides of trouble and tides of peace for the Gold Coast as do-gooders would get worked up about the Rankin County and pressure law enforcement and other government officials to shut down the Gold Coast. However, there was simply too much money flowing through the Gold Coast to keep it shut down forever. Governor White sent the militia in to raid the Gold Coast in 1939.
I spent some time yesterday at the Department of Archives and History reading and copying old issues of the Jackson Daily News and the Clarion-Ledger. Here is a story from June 23, 1939 about the Governor's use of troops to bust up the playground of the bootleggers. More copies of vintage articles will be posted over the next several days.