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December 31, 2022
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Joker Saloon
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The Night Before State Prohibition (1915)

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Although a predicted crowd of 700 thirsty 'Bellinghamsters' never materialized (only seven got off the boat), the Anacortes American reported that Anacortes saloonkeepers were kept busy on the last day before statewide liquor prohibition took effect: “Practically every saloon in the city sold off all its stock before closing time and all report a rushing business in filling supplies of wet goods for the dry year during the last week. Though no figures are available, Anacortes people spent several thousand dollars in putting away a bottle or two, ‘for medicinal purposes.’ The saloon receipts of the past two weeks broke all records.” – Anacortes American (1916)

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