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Historic Columbia: A monument to wet times

2005-09-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. A LITTLE SCOTT JOPLIN, IN REMEMBRANCE OF PROHIBITION, TOO, PLEASE. Happy Days Were Here Again, Once, Here, at the little white building on Fortune Street now used by the City Street Department. Right after the 21st Amendment was ratified in 1933, the 18th Amendment, was repealed, and Adair County was briefly wet. This was the Seth White dispensary. Grover Gilpin says that there were at least four dispensaries around Columbia at the time: Preston and Otha Miller operated a store on Russell Road, there was Epps Place on the Square, and the Tom Tabor ran a dispensary on Hudson Street. The stores operated for a very brief time until a local option law made the town officially, but not actually, dry again. Now the little building stands as an unmarked monument to those days. (Please email comments and additional information to: No story with this photo; clicking read more goes to Travel Guide, Scenic and Historic Adair County.

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