Recalling Allen County’s rip-roaring, bootlegging past

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January 17, 2020 - 5:17 PM

A window display at the Allen County Historical Society Museum marks the 100th anniversary of prohibition. REGISTER/TREVOR HOAG

A new window display at the Allen County Historical Museum marks the 100th anniversary of the days when it was illegal to make or sell alcohol in Kansas and across the US.

The exhibit features an antique “still” and bottles being smashed, along with angrily crumpled copies of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlawed all “hooch,” “spirits” or “sauce.”

Prohibition was Kansas law from 1881 to 1948, longer than any state in the nation, but a federal ban was not ratified until Jan. 16, 1919. 

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