before Oregon became part of the United States its
citizens tried to control the manufacture and sale
of liquor. In spite of this early effort, a
thriving commerce developed to import, brew,
distill, and dispense a wide variety of products.
Still, by the late 1800s the temperance movement
forced the question of a complete ban on liquor to
the forefront of the nation's social debate. And,
by 1916 Oregonians began to live with prohibition.
The state law took effect three years before the
ratification of the 18th amendment to the U.S.
Constitution that banned liquor nationally. But
soon enterprising individuals -and organized crime-
filled the void with illegal stills, rumrunning,
and speakeasies. Oregon law enforcement geared up
to respond to this challenge but couldn't keep up.
Eventually, Oregon and the rest of the nation tired
of the experiment. By 1933 voters repealed both the
state law and the national constitutional