The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Tree

The SMC cartage company garage, where seven guys associated with the Bugs Moran gang were lined up and shot on St. Valentine’s Day, 1929, has been gone for years, replaced by a little field and parking lot next to a senior apartment complex. For years, we tour guides have pointed to the tree in the middle as marking roughly where the north wall, where the men were lined up, once stood.

It was there last night, when I drove by on the 7pm tour, but when we drove by tonight, it was nothing but a stump. Word on the street is that it was hit by lightning recently and was cut down since, though I didn’t notice any visible damage before.

In any case, it’s gone now. My new Ghosts of Chicago book isn’t out for a few weeks yet, and it’s already out of date!

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