History of Seattle Prohibition focus of Nov. 2 Alderwood Manor Heritage Museum program

Brad Holden

Edmonds author Brad Holden will talk about this history of Seattle Prohibition during a public event from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Lynnwood’s Alderwood Manor Heritage Museum, 19903 Poplar Way.

Prohibition consumed Seattle, igniting a war that lasted nearly 20 years and played out in the streets, waterways and even town hall. Roy Olmstead, formerly a Seattle police officer, became the King of the Seattle Bootleggers, and Johnny Schnarr, running liquor down from Canada, revolutionized the speedboat industry. Frank Gatt, a south Seattle restaurateur, started the state’s biggest moonshining operation. Skirting around the law, the Coast Guard and the zealous assistant director of the Seattle Prohibition Bureau, William Whitney, was no simple feat, but many rose to the challenge.

Join the museum for coffee and cookies; the program is free and open to the public.