The Secrets of Jacksonville You Should Know About

October 21, 2013 11 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Jacksonville has incredible stories and most of them are still largely unknown.

William H. (Big Bill) Johnston, owner of Jacksonville's dog tracks (Jacksonville and Orange Park Kennel Clubs) and Chicagoland's Sportsman's Park during the mid-20th century, had ties with Al Capone. Johnston had taken over the tracks after the former owner, Edward J. O'Hare, the Capone syndicate's czar of dog racing was murdered in 1939. Prior to this, Johnston had been described as a publicity man.

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