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Prohibition in Bardstown: Bourbon, Bootlegging & Saloons

Prohibition in Bardstown: Bourbon, Bootlegging & Saloons

by Dixie Hibbs, Doris Settles


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Some Bardstown, Kentucky residents argued for an alcohol ban as early as the mid-1800s despite the fact that whiskey and bourbon were local staples. When Prohibition finally arrived, independent and inventive residents secretly kept the city wet. A deacon once stored whiskey in a baptismal pool. Seventy-year-old Aunt Be-At Hurst allegedly made her homebrew out of her bathtub. Some locals even burned distillery warehouses to cover up thefts. Crime ran so rampant that revenue collector Robert H. Lucas threatened to have the governor summon the state militia. Join historians Dixie Hibbs and Doris Settles as they detail the history of Bardstown booze.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467135603
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/02/2016
Series: American Palate
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,179,316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dixie Hibbs is a Bardstown and bourbon historian. In 2004, she became the first woman inductee for the Bourbon Hall of Fame. Dixie is also responsible for Wickland Mansion's "Half a Pint of Whiskey History with a Shot of Humor" program. She is the former mayor of Bardstown and has been a Nelson County Historian for thirty years.

Doris Settles is a freelance writer and former University of Kentucky professor and journalist for Kentucky Standard Newspaper. Her work has been published in Bluegrass, Kentucky Monthly, Kentucky Living, Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Ledger and other local and national publications. Doris holds a bachelor's degree in English/journalism and has a master's degree in instructional systems design.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 11

Introduction 13

Religion and Prohibition 23

A Down-and-Dirty History of Bourbon-Making in Bardstown 30

Distilleries at Prohibition and Their Fates 37

Temperance 57

A Devastated Economy 65

Law Enforcers 70

Lawbreakers 81

Reprieve-Repeal 99

Unintended Consequences 111

Heritage, Hospitality and Hooch 114

Bourbon Reborn 132

Appendix: Recipes from the Bourbon Capital of the World 139

Bibliography 145

Index 151

About the Authors 155

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