King County deputy sheriffs raid old Grotto schoolhouse and find 30 quarts of beer on March 20, 1926.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 2/26/1999
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 952
On March 20, 1926, the King County Sheriff's Department issued a search warrant for liquor at the old Grotto School (remodeled into a residence) located near Grotto in northeast King County. Deputy Sheriffs find and destroy 30 quarts of beer.

Prohibition, outlawing the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, took effect in Washington state in 1916. The year 1919 marked ratification of the "bone dry" Prohibition amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal throughout the nation. The Prohibition amendment was repealed in 1933.


Sources: Search Warrant No. 3470, Liquor Search Dockets, Vol. 2, Justice Court, King County, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue Community College campus, Bellevue, Washington.

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