Collection of all posts covering the Gold Coast of Rankin County.
The most infamous bootlegger in Mississippi history was probably G.W. "Big Red" Hydrick. The Byram cotton farmer moved to Florence in the 1930;s and began a life of notoriety that spanned several decades on the Gold Coast of Rankin County. He killed a woman, burned down rival nightclubs, beat black female students, egged on the mob at the Woolworth lunch counter, and shot numerous people. In other words, he was a mean ole cuss who did what the hell he wanted to do when he wanted to do it.
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Posted below are all of the Clarion-Ledger articles about Big Red. He first appeared on the pages of the Clarion-Ledger in 1932 and never strayed too far away from public attention. If you have some extra leisure time during the holiday weekend, check out this bit of Mississippi history.