Kansan reader Joan Bernowich, age 88, shared this historical photo of George Moore, a bootlegger who lived at 430 E. 10th next to the railroad tracks, close to where Bernowich was born and raised at 428 E. 10th. She reported that while Moore was arrested numerous times, "He'd get out and come back and do it all over again."
According to the Kansas Historical Society, the Kansas Legislature passed a constitutional amendment on prohibition in 1880, 39 years before national prohibition. The Kansas amendment made illegal the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors.
Despite the amendment's passage, alcohol continued to be available in Kansas, the Kansas Historical Society states. Many saloons and breweries operated illegally, and a significant loophole in the law allowed druggists and physicians to dispense alcohol for medicinal purposes (the word "medicinal" was interpreted very loosely). Kansans also continued to make, sell and consume alcohol in their homes. Kansas repealed statewide prohibition in 1948.