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Walk among the Gangsters & Ghosts!

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1931Saint Paul Police Winter Carnival
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Walking Gangster Tour of downtown 

St. Paul

Take a stroll back to the dirty 30’s to find out why St. Paul rolled out the red carpet for infamous gangsters like John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, the Barker Brothers, Edna Murray “the Kissing Bandit” and many more! See the sites where the gangsters hung out while hearing their fascinating tales told by one of our entertaining Gangster Guides. This walking tour is approximately 90 minutes long, covering a distance of about 1 mile.

Victorian Home

HAUNTED Walking Tour of Summit avenue

Our entertaining Ghost Guides will tell you thrilling tales of ghostly hauntings, designed to give you a bit of a tingle while learning a bit of history too. You will also take in the beautiful architecture of Summit Ave which has the distinction of being the largest collection of preserved Victorian homes on one street in the United States! This walking tour is approximately 90 minutes long, covering a distance of about 1.3 miles.  

1932 Lincoln

Zoom into a Virtual Gangster Tour of St. Paul’s shady history from the comfort of your own home! Our entertaining guide will take you virtually through the city with photos and film clips to show where infamous gangsters like John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, the Barker bothers and more lived and partied in the capitol city. Find out why these bank robbers and kidnappers all came to St. Paul and how the system that protected them came to an end. You can use the Zoom chat to ask questions of your guide. The tour is approximately one hour with a 15 minute question and answer time afterward. We are not providing public tours at this time. Contact us for a private tour.

the Virtual Gangster Tour

Walking Ghost Tour of summit avenue

1st National Bank Sign
St. Paul Hotel
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What People Are saying


Jimmy ~

Went on the Gangster Tour with Cynthia. It is very informative and she is very knowledgeable about the history of Saint Paul and especially the gangster history of the city.


Carey ~

In quarantine, I've done zoom tours of New York and LA landmarks and destinations, and I'm THRILLED that CynCity tours is finally filling the void of great tours right here in Minnesota. Absolutely LOVED the gangster walking tour of Saint Paul, and I think even my twelve year old was able to connect it to some of his MN Studies lessons.


Linda -

What a great tour and Cynthia is the best guide!!! Her knowledge about St. Paul's history, the gangster era and her energy bring these stories to life. So fascinating and I highly recommend!!!


Pam ~

Cynthia and Bick know their stuff!  I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about the city and enjoy a fun afternoon.  Learning about the history of Gangster interactions, businesses, landmarks, and the police department at that early time of history enriched our knowledge of the area.


Tour Hosts

Cynthia Schreiner Smith and Bick Smith

Cynthia Schreiner Smith - Co-author of “Alvin Karpis and the Barker Gang in Minnesota”

Alvin Karpis Book Cover
Cyn and Chief
Edna of Gangsterland

Bick Smith - Producer of the documentary-style film “Gangsterland”

Gansterland DVD
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We provide weekly public walking tours.  (depending on weather) 

We provide private walking and virtual tours for groups and educational purposes.


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