According to Wikipedia in their infinite wisdom, “The U.S. Senate proposed the Eighteenth Amendment on December 18, 1917. Upon being approved by a 36th state on January 16, 1919, the amendment was ratified as a part of the Constitution. By the terms of the amendment, the country went dry one year later, on January 17, 1920.”
So… On the 100th Anniversary of Prohibition of the Consumption of Alcohol in the USA…
Our EXIT of the Day is:
EXIT 19 ; I-95s; to Southport, CT
Upcoming is a Road Test. Whomever gets the answer first must buy everyone else a beer. But first the Fast Facts:
Connecticut was one of two states NOT to ratify the amendment that resulted in the prohibition of the consumption of liquor. The other state was neighboring Rhode Island. Obviously, these two revolutionary compatriots did not want to drink alone.
On the other hand, it’s still illegal to cross the street in certain Connecticut Towns while walking on your hands.
Also, Connecticut was the first state to have permanent license plates, starting in 1937.
Now for the final Fast Fact: upcoming Southport was a favorite home to wealthy sea captains who in their day may be considered the Wall Street Tycoons of modernity. The beautiful waterfront boats elaborate Victorian mansions.
And like some on Wall Street, many captains indulged in illegal trading of goods — even running rum into Southport, Connecticut during Prohibition. So we come full circle.
Now the Road Test: was Connecticut only or one of two of the states that did not endorse prohibition?
If you said two states you would be right. Now pull over to the right. Take Exit 19 to Southport’s trendy Delamar Hotel which has a great selection of local brews. Make mine a Two Roads Lager — brewed just up the road in Stratford. Cheers!
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