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Everett Public Library News Release

Posted on: February 10, 2020

Brad Holden to discuss Seattle prohibition history at Everett Public Library

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EVERETT, WA – During the early 1900s, drunken roistering, shouting prostitutes and their customers, street fights, cockfights, and other rowdy behavior in saloons, gambling parlors, and brothels scandalized many Washington state citizens. That, and the graft and corruption around such establishments, provoked a ferocious backlash. Washington state passed prohibition laws—including a ban on sale of alcoholic beverages—five years before the start of national prohibition.

Historian Brad Holden, author of “Seattle Prohibition” talks about this seamy episode in state history in a free program at on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave. in Everett. This is local history they don’t teach in schools!

Brad Holden is a local historian, collector and self-proclaimed urban archaeologist who searches for historical artifacts at estate sales, flea markets and dusty old attics. Holden is also a  contributing writer for

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