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Dillinger's Gum

Dillinger's GumDillinger remained at large, disguising his appearance. The Chicago office of the Justice Department then received a tip that Dillinger could be identified by his companion, the mysterious "Lady in Red." Days later, when exiting the Chicago Biograph theater with his companion, John Dillinger was gunned down by Melvin Purvis and 15 Justice Department agents.

Jess collected Dillinger's chewed gum from under the counter and put the pieces in a small jar. The jar is now displayed in the museum as an unusual reminder of a gangster's visit to Tucson. You'll also see the menus listing the assortment of food that one could get for a very reasonable price in the 1930s.