Friday, July 3, 2015

Remembering the Gold Coast

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.


Michael Maloney said...

Recently I have been coming across such historical articles about The Gold Coast in general, and I realized that I have so much to learn about my new area. A few of the older ladies in the self storage office were giving me bits and pieces of information on some of these historical info, which amazes me a lot.

Michael Maloney said...

Just to add on a little, I would love to find out a little bit more about the history of the land my self storage facility is sitting on. Any idea where I might be able to do that?