The Wabasha Street Caves are old sandstone mines built into the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The caves started out as silica mines in the early 1800’s, but over the years evolved to serve a number of purposes, including providing a hangout for notorious gangsters and serving as a speakeasy during prohibition. Today, the Caves hold an event hall, and on Thursday nights they offer “Swing Night” with live music from 7-10 p.m. Can’t dance? Come early and take a lesson at 6:15 p.m. To get into what the establishment calls its ‘speakeasy,’ use the password: “Gus sent me.” The Wabasha Street Caves also offer three types of tours during the day on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays: the Gangster Tour, the Cave Tour, and the Lost Souls tour.
Three gangsters were allegedly gunned down in the caves, and their apparitions reportedly wander through the caves. The ghost tour offers participants a photo of a young boy surrounded by mist. The boy attended an event there and reportedly told his mother he enjoyed playing with the “gangsters” all night. When the film was developed, the mists showed up all around him. Ghosts are also blamed for strangely behaving sound equipment and wine glasses at the bar that appear to refill themselves.
Address: 215 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN 55107
Phone: (651) 224-1191
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