Supper Club Stories: Little Bohemia in Manitowish Waters

Supper clubs across Wisconsin all have amazing stories to tell, but few have actually played a major role in American history. Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters is certainly an exception. In 1934, the lodge was the scene of one of the biggest shootouts in Wisconsin history.

In April of 1934, John Dillinger and other Chicago area gangsters came up to Little Bohemia for a weekend visit.

"They came up to get away from the city. They obviously had some problems going on in certain parts of the country and they wanted to have a nice getaway.” Says Dan Johns of Little Bohemia Lodge.

While Dillinger and his men were polite guests at the lodge, the owners grew suspicious of them, largely due to the extreme amount of guns they brought with them on their trip. That prompted them to contact the police.

Federal Agents came to the lodge to check out the situation, which ultimately led to Dillinger having a shoot-out with the agents. Today, one of the biggest attractions at Little Bohemia are the bullet holes that remain in the walls today. Something the original owner thought to preserve.

"Those are all original. The original owner had the foresight to preserve those knowing that we are a tourist destination even back then he knew people would be interested in seeing this." Johns says.

Little Bohemia Lodge attracts visitors from all over the country to see the history of the restaurant.


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