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Prohibition Movement

 
 
Prohibition Movement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2016
1. Prohibition Movement Marker
Inscription. By 1885 a reform movement had begun in this wild cowtown. The open saloons were being forced underground into "blind tigers", a place where liquor could be bought through a slot in the door but neither the seller nor the buyer could see the other.
Accusations, threatening letters and bad feeling raced through the city. Enos Blair, a local editor and prohibitionist, had a mysterious fire at his home which everyone blamed on the saloon crowd. On this site, early on December 8, 1885, Frank Noyes, a blind tiger owner, was taken from his residence by vigilantes posing as law officers. Noyes was found the next morning hanging from a crossbeam at the railroad yard one block east. A note on the body named others who should take warning from his untimely death.
Though several of the vigilantes were recognized when Noyes was first seized, none ever faced trial.

 
Erected 1993 by The Caldwell Historical Society & Caldwell Cherokee Strip Centennial Committee.
 
Location. 37° 1.944′ N, 97° 36.368′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Kansas, in Sumner County. Marker is on East Central Avenue (U.S. 81) east of North Main Street (State Route 49), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: East Central Avenue, Caldwell KS 67022, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
View of marker looking west towards KS-49 & US Highway 81. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2016
2. View of marker looking west towards KS-49 & US Highway 81.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Those Who Came Before" (a few steps from this marker); The Last Land Rush / Historic Marker Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Talbot Gang Shootout (within shouting distance of this marker); Murder of Marshal George Flatt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last Chance Saloon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shooting Up Main Street (about 300 feet away); Native Stone Building (about 400 feet away); Red Light Saloon / Chisholm Trail (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Caldwell.
 
More about this marker. Funded by donations from the Caldwell Cherokee Strip Centennial Committee.
 
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Prohibition Movement Marker looking east on U.S. Highway 81. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2016
3. Prohibition Movement Marker looking east on U.S. Highway 81.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on October 16, 2016.
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