By Joe Morey
One possible option for Al Capone’s Hideout has been presented to the tribal council from several community members. Nancy Cooper and Sue Aasen would like to see the Hideout restored and re-opened under the original theme, Al Capone’s Hideout.
Several ideas are being tossed around, but the opening would include a focus on the original buildings and using old-style furniture from the period of the 1920’s and 1930’s throughout.
“We have been in contact with the agent for Al Capones niece Deirdre Capone, who is an Author and lives in Florida,” said Jason Weaver, LCO Secretary-Treasurer. “She wrote a book about Al and is the last remaining family member with the name Capone. We are considering bringing her to LCO to do a presentation and book signing as well as take a tour of the Hideout to get her insights and memories.”
Weaver noted this is all in the preliminary stages, but we are looking forward to the possibilities.
“Last year we did invest $40,000 of general fund dollars in the main house to replace a very bad roof and to fix some other issues with the aged building,” Weaver said. “We have a contract with a company to remove some older trailers that were on the property that have no value any longer. We have had numerous engineers and expert developers come tour the property in the last year, to give us ideas and insight into similar projects they have worked on across the country.”
Weaver mentioned the current focus is on maintaining what is there and protecting the aging buildings.