On August 8, 1933, over three-quarters of the people of the state of Arizona voted to repeal Prohibition. That vote was later ratified at a convention on September 5th. The following stories help to elucidate what Prohibition was like in Arizona.

  • A 1925 article about an Arizona sheriff mentioned that he seized 152 stills, imprisoned 183 people for violating federal liquor statues, and arrested 80 people for state violations, all in a three month period. This illustrates the extent to which Prohibition was ignored by people in Arizona.

  • Prohibition also created problems for another group of Arizona residents—a group one wouldn't expect—namely, beekeepers. Apparently in order to cut costs, bootleggers frequently stole entire hives from beekeepers so as to use the honey for the production of liquor.


ARIZONA SHERIFF HAS BUSY THREE MONTHS, Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); Jul 11, 1925; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 – 1986), pg. A16

Crooks Cut Costs, Odessa Davenport, Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); Dec 4, 1932; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 – 1986), pg. I6