King County Sheriff's Department uncovers 190 cases of liquor in downtown Seattle raid on December 19, 1923.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 2/25/1999
  • Essay 941

On December 19, 1923, during Prohibition, a search warrant is issued to King County Sheriff department to search the Union Stables at Western Avenue and Blanchard Street in downtown Seattle. At the Union Stables the Sheriff's Department finds 190 cases of liquor including bourbon, scotch, French liquor, and assorted wines.

In 1914 Washington voters approved an initiative to outlaw the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition took effect in January 1916.


Liquor search warrant No. 161, Liquor Search Dockets, Vol. 1, Justice Court, King County. Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch, Bellevue Community College Campus, Bellevue, Washington.

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