“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Westerville in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


“The Dry Capital of the World”

Westerville Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 12, 2008
1. Westerville Marker
Inscription. This building and grounds were the national headquarters of the Anti-Saloon League of America after September 14 1909. The American Issue Publishing Co. and the Temperance Education Foundation were also headquartered here. The work of these organizations brought about the adoption of the 18th amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

During the years preceding adoption of that amendment, these organizations operated a large modern printing plant on premises located at the rear of this structure. Distribution of printed materials through the U.S. Mail was so voluminous that direct shipments by railway mail car were made and a Class A Post Office was established in the village of Westerville, then having a population of only 2500.
Location. 40° 7.385′ N, 82° 55.823′ W. Marker is in Westerville, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of South State Street (Ohio Route 3) and Plum Street, on the right when traveling north on South State Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 S State St, Westerville OH 43081, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Marker and Anti-Saloon League Building, Now the Museum image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 12, 2008
2. Marker and Anti-Saloon League Building, Now the Museum
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stoner House (within shouting distance of this marker); Heritage Green Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Temperance Row Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of Benjamin R. Hanby (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Russell Hanby (approx. 0.4 miles away); Otterbein College (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Home of Benjamin R. Hanby (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Westerville.
Regarding Westerville. The city of Westerville, Ohio, was dry for more than a century. The first legal alcoholic drink in the Uptown area was served in 2004, at the Old Bag of Nails pub. The Uptown area roughly corresponds to the boundaries of Westerville when Prohibition began in 1920.
Also see . . .
1. Anti-Saloon League History. “A leader of the League said of his organization, ‘It has not come...simply to build a little local sentiment or to secure the passage of a few laws, or yet to vote the saloons from a few hundred towns. These are mere incidents in its
Anti-Saloon League Building Next to Public Library image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 12, 2008
3. Anti-Saloon League Building Next to Public Library
progress. It has come to solve the liquor problem.’ Its motto was ‘The saloon must go.’ The leadership had definite ideas of how this was to be accomplished. They used local churches as the vehicles to carry their message to the people and solicit the funds to run the attack on the nation’s saloons.” (Submitted on July 12, 2008.) 

2. Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Wikipedia entry. “Because of many Americans’ dismay at the emergence of Prohibition, there was a considerable growth in organized crime in the United States in response to public demand for illegal alcohol. Considered a very unpopular law, the amendment was subsequently repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment on December 5, 1933. It remains the only constitutional amendment to be repealed in its entirety.” (Submitted on July 12, 2008.) 

3. Uptown Alcohol Sales, and Whiskey Wars didn't end drinking in Westerville. Two 2006 articles, the first by Lin Rice and the second by Mark Major in the This Week Community Newspaper. “The Whiskey Wars, which had their grandest battles in 1875 and 1879, were waged largely between a bar owner named Henry Corbin and—seemingly—everybody else. ... The first round of battles took place in 1875, when at one point, Corbin stood in the door
A Prohibition Cartoon by Stewart image. Click for full size.
4. A Prohibition Cartoon by Stewart
A saloon lobbyist is driving voters to the polls. "If it wasn't fer dese here guys in de wagon, and others like 'em, I'd lose me job." The sign held by one of the passengers reads "we are respectable Republican and Democratic voters."
of his West Main Street saloon, brandishing pistols and ‘swearing most horridly,’ according to one contemporary account. In the end, his opposition won that round when it used gunpowder to blow up the bar repeatedly. ... The second round ended similarly with an explosion so huge it rendered the Corbin House hotel uninhabitable.” (Submitted on July 12, 2008.) 
Categories. Politics
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,223 times since then and 63 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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