Repeal of Prohibition

Susanville’s Owl Saloon circa 1907. Ironically, this establishment burned down only six weeks after Prohibition took effect in 1919. Courtesy of Del & Diane Poole
The last vestigaes of the Volstead Act came crashing down on this day in 1933, when prohibition was fully repealed and saloons once again opened. However, things did not quite return to the free-wheeling days before prohibition. This time the state was in control of issuing liquor licenses, while in the past it was the county board of supervisors. Locally, it was a fairly quite affair. Law enforcement still had to deal bootlegging issues to make sure that saloons were only serving alcohol and carried the government revenue stamps.

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