Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City

Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City


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Prohibition consumed Seattle, igniting a war that lasted nearly twenty years and played out in the streets, waterways and even town hall. Roy Olmstead, formerly a Seattle police officer, became the King of the Seattle Bootleggers, and Johnny Schnarr, running liquor down from Canada, revolutionized the speedboat industry. Frank Gatt, a south Seattle restaurateur, started the state's biggest moonshining operation. Skirting around the law, the Coast Guard and the zealous assistant director of the Seattle Prohibition Bureau, William Whitney, was no simple feat, but many rose to the challenge. Author Brad Holden tells the spectacular story of Seattle in the time of Prohibition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467140201
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/22/2019
Series: American Palate
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 354,365
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Brad Holden is a local historian, collector and self-proclaimed urban archaeologist who searches for historical artifacts at estate sales, flea markets and dusty old attics. He showcases these historical finds on his Instagram page,, as well as hosting exhibits at local venues. Brad also volunteers his time at the Edmonds Historical Museum. This is his first published book.

Table of Contents

Foreword Paul de Barros 5

Acknowledgements 7

Prologue 9

Chapter 1 The Saloon Years 13

Chapter 2 The Preacher and the Mayor 22

Chapter 3 Washington Goes Dry 33

Chapter 4 The Bootleggers 41

Chapter 5 The Rumrunners 56

Chapter 6 The Enforcers 73

Chapter 7 The Final Days of Prohibition 97

Chapter 8 Prohibition's Legacy 110

Epilogue 117

Glossary of Local Slang Used during Prohibition 123

Bibliography 125

About the Author 127

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