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Corcoran’s Roost

Corcoran’s Roost

Corcorans Roost was a neighborhood the East Side of Manhattan, today its known as Tudor City. Named after James "Paddy" Corcoran a plaque hangs on the spot where Corcorans Roost stood. James Corcoran was was born in Ireland in 1819 in...

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The Bloody Maxwell District Chicago

The Bloody Maxwell District Chicago

For about a hundred years, the Maxwell Street District or better known as Bloody Maxwell on the Near West Side of Chicago, was the toughest neighborhood in town from the 1850s through the 1950s. Named after Dr. Philip Maxwell, who had served in the military, was the...

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Bloody Williamson

Bloody Williamson

Williamson County in Southern Illinois during the 1920's was a lawless place, there was the Herrin Mine Massacre where 23 people were killed during a strike, bootlegging and Prohibition were in full effect and this would set the stage for an all out war between hated...

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The Kerry Patch – St. Louis

The Kerry Patch – St. Louis

The Kerry Patch or The Patch as it was also known was a neighborhood in the north of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Irish immigrants had been settling in St. Louis since the early 1800's, the city held its first St. Patrick's Day in 1820. By 1851 the US census recorded...

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Corlears Hook – The Lower East Side

Corlears Hook – The Lower East Side

Corlears Hook was once a middle-class neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan which in the 1820's began its descent into a den of crime, vice and sin. It was once a Native American Settlement and then an industrious shipyard, the neighborhood was about to...

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The Five Points

The Five Points

The Five Points was a 19th-century neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York. The neighborhood was bound by Center Street to the west, the Bowery to the east, Canal Street to the north, and Park Row to the south. The Five Points stood on what is now Park, Worth &...

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Vinegar Hill – Irishtown – Brooklyn New York

Vinegar Hill – Irishtown – Brooklyn New York

In the 1800's and during the Great Famine of Ireland many Irish settled along the banks of the Brooklyn Waterfront, over time there were so many Irish living there it became known as Irishtown. Many found employment in the Navy Yard, on the docks of the waterfront and...

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