Category Archives: Prohibition

….Pescadero during Prohibition….(6)

[I wrote this in 1977.] Two years after the Great Blaze of 1926, sheriff’s officers followed a guide who led them over a trail covered with a tangled mass of ferns, shrubs and fallen trees. As the deputies hiked carefully … Continue reading

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…Pescadero during Prohibition (5)

[I wrote this in 1977.] Rumrunners, bootleggers and raids by the liquor police remained topic number one on the South Coast until March 1926 when a quick-spreading fire rallied the small community to save the little town of Pescadero. A … Continue reading

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….Pescadero during Prohibition….(4)

[Note: I wrote this in 1977.] The how, where and when of landing illegal booze along the Pescadero coast was not something the locals openly talked about–but there were plenty of whispers about an isolated ranch house which reportedly served … Continue reading

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Pescadero during Prohibition (3)

[I wrote this in 1977.] All during Prohibition, Pescadero provided the colorful backdrop for a violent whiskey war between smugglers…..and the residents of the tiny village. And when undercover agents learned from their key sources that a well-connected booze ring … Continue reading

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Pescadero during Prohibition (2)

Early in 1924 an abandoned trawler, the SS Fremont crashed into the rocks near Ano Nuevo Island–arousing the curiosity of the alcohol police, as well as the locals, of course. Just like the table talk at Duarte’s Tavern today, the … Continue reading

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…..Pescadero during Prohibition…..(1)

[Note: I wrote this in 1977.] More than 20 prisoners watched in misery as Sheriff T. C. “Brick” McGovern shattered 1,000 bottles of illegal whiskey with a hatchet in 1925–at the peak of Prohibition. It was the “father” of our … Continue reading

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