A gangland hit in Benld? November 7, 2005Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Businesses, Web sites.
RalphTheWonderLlama posted a couple photos from Benld, Ill., which was on an alignment of Route 66 from the late 1920s to about the mid-1930s. I’d heard the town was a weekend hangout for organized-crime kingpin Al Capone, but Ralph added a story about Scarface that I hadn’t heard.
According to my dad also, there was supposedly a shootout of some kind in the small town of Benld here right in the middle of town. Something like, they were in a bar and there was an argument or something, and apparently someone “put a hit out” on a guy and he was gunned down with automatics, I’d like to think tommy guns
Benld is also famous for its Coliseum Ballroom, which was open for decades and hosted acts such as Bing Crosby up to Bob Seger and REO Speedwagon. It’s no longer a music venue, but it now thrives as an antiques mall. I recommend a stop there. The Coliseum also was inducted into the Illinois Route 66 Association’s Hall of Fame a few years ago. Regrettably, the Coliseum doesn’t have a Web site.