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Prohibition and Duluth‘s Long, Complicated History of Liquor Laws

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act going into effect, essentially the start of national Prohibition, on January 17, 1920. But by then, Duluth had already been dry for over two years—and when Prohibition was repealed in 1933, Duluthians still couldn’t get a drink. You see, the Zenith City has a long and complicated history concerning the legal consumption of liquor within its borders—in 1870, the first act of the brand-new city’s Common Council (i.e., City Council) was an ordinance regulating the sale of intoxicating liquors. So we’ve gathered all our stories relating to not just Prohibition, but Duluth liquor laws in particular. Enjoy with a beverage of your choice:

Duluth Goes Dry Early: June 1917

Beer Comes Back (3.2 percent): April, 1933

Prohibition Ends, But Duluth Remains Dry: December 1933

Temperance Movement in Duluth: 1856–1917

Prohibition in Duluth: 1917–1933

Duluth’s Post-Prohibition Liquor Laws: 1934–2016

Duluth’s Lakeside/Lester Park Liquor Issue

Duluth’s Long History of Ignoring Minnesota’s Sunday Liquor Laws

The Original Rip-Saw Newspaper, Duluth’s Temperance Cheerleader

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