The Green Lantern Saloon in downtown St. Paul dates all the way back to the 1920’s and was a favorite water hole for criminals, such as the Barker Gang, John Dillinger and Babyface Nelson to name a few, it was owned & run by the Irish Godfather of St. Paul, “Dapper Danny Hogan“.
The Green Lantern saloon on Wabasha Street in downtown Saint Paul, was usually the first stop for many of the criminals. It became the general rule that if you wanted a place to lay low, hideout, or just take it easy, you could live in St Paul and not be bothered. In exchange for agreeing not to commit any major crimes within the city’s limits, you would remain free to roam the streets of St Paul without fear of police harassment. “Dapper” Danny Hogan known as the “Smiling Peacemaker” acted as a liaison between gangsters and police and would introduce them to each other.
Over the years it has been a saloon, speakeasy, photography studio, beauty salon and back to being a bar