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The Purple Crackle was and still is a night club in Southern Illinois. (East Cape Girardeau). Right across the Mississippi river from Cape Girardeau, Mo. It has been there since the 30's or 40's and has been burned down several times over the years by rival club owners and vandals. in the 70's it was a dinner club and had a downstairs disco tech. After that burned in the late 70's they rebuilt and through the 80's it was a dance club with live rock bands performing on the weekends. Yes, the Purple Crackle was indeed a club in East Cape Girardeau, IL, which is about 30 miles north of Cairo, at the very far southern edge of the state. While I was growing up in Cape (the Missouri side) in the 80s and 90s, the Purple Crackle was still burning down every few years. Legend has it that in the 30s and 40s it was indeed a popular hangout for Chicago-based gangsters. The Crackle, which started life as "The Purple Grackle," is closed permanently as of December 31, 2005. Its Chicago connection is the Capone gang, who were behind, among other crimes, the serious gambling along this particular stretch of the Mississippi. Wonderful dance floor. Great for people watching, too; college boys from SEMO danced with the nuns from the convent/school across the river, etc.

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