Sheriff's deputies raid Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood and find moonshine on December 27, 1923.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 2/25/1999
  • Essay 943

On December 27, 1923, during Prohibition, a search warrant is issued to King County Sheriff's Department to search 8023 14th Avenue NE in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood. Sheriff's deputies find one 10-gallon still used to manufacture moonshine (whiskey), 12 gallons of moonshine, and 18 quarts of beer.

Prohibition, outlawing the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, took effect in Washington state in 1916. The year 1919 marked ratification of the "bone dry" Prohibition amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal throughout the nation. The Prohibition amendment was repealed in 1933.


Search Warrant No 200, Liquor Search Dockets, Vol. 1, Justice Court, King County, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue Community College campus, Bellevue, Washington.

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