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Old 05-16-2010, 09:59 AM
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Default Research question: Alcohol on Excursions pre-Prohibition

Hi all,

I have a question concerning some research that I am doing in regard to excursion boats on the upper Mississippi in 1917. My question is in regard to alcohol being served.

From what I have gathered, alcohol was in fact served on board the boats. Streckfus served alcohol on "alternating hours" and one source claimed that alcohol was only served when the boat was moving; the bars were closed when the boat docked.

In 1916, Iowa went dry. What about boats that left from Iowa cities, such as Dubuque? Streckfus was registered in St. Louis---did that mean that they could have alcohol on board, but not serve it when stopped in places in Iowa? Or, were excursions that served Iowa completely "dry?"

From what I gathered, alcohol was in fact served, but not when in port. Supplies were either brought up from Missouri or restocked in places like East Dubuque. Is this true?

Thanks for any help you can give. It is much appreciated.

Bruce Janu
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