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By Peter Anderson
Mukilteo Historical Society 

Smugglers, rumrunners and bootleggers


Last updated 3/4/2020 at 2:04pm

Prohibition enforcers uncovering a hidden stash of liquor barrels.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of National Prohibition as stipulated in the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment banned the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within the U.S. and its territories. With passage of the Volstead Act, enforcement took effect on Jan. 17, 1920.

The amendment did not eliminate the craving for alcoholic beverages, so it gave rise to smugglers, rumrunners and bootleggers engaging in various activities to circumvent the law.

People in Washington State had a "head start" in these activities because the...

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