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During the 1950's, Phenix City was plagued with many problems, such as vote fraud, gambling, prostitution, gangster rule, etc. With great effort and the ultimate personal expense, the town was cleaned up and has become a lovely, thriving place to live. For more details on history, see the historical events page for Phenix City.
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Phenix City, Al - cleanup from vote fraud, gambling, prostitution, gangster rule, etc
A book has been recently published (1998) by Mercer Press, written by Margaret Ann Barnes. It tells of the Phenix City Clean-up in the 1950's when Phenix City was ruled by gangsters and gambling was the heart of the city. Albert Patterson, a lawyer, and Hugh Bentley, Sr. were two of the main people who tried to clean the city up. finally Albert Patterson was shot and killed and Hugh Bentley's house was bombed by the gangsters. Albert Patterson's son joined the fight and a few years later became governor or Alabama. The city was finally cleaned up by a General Hanna using martial law with permission of J.Edgar Hoover. This book is very good and the town is a lovely, thriving place to live, with a beautiful 15 mile riverwalk along the Chattahoochee River adjoining Columbus, GA across the state line.
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