June 15 2024, 3:00pm

Alton Odyssey Prohibition Shuttle Tours 2024

Alton Odyssey Prohibition Shuttle Tours 2024

554 E. Broadway
Alton, Illinois 62002

  • Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Dubbed the “wettest county in the country,” Madison County, IL was a haven for bootleggers, rum runners and speakeasies. Prior to prohibition, Americans drank an average of 7 gallons of alcohol a year, more than three times our current consumption. It's no wonder that citizens of the area voted to stay “wet” and the storm brewing between the wets and drys was put to rest…until 1913, when women were granted the right to vote. In 1919 the 18th Amendment was passed, prohibiting the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors. Many law-abiding citizens lost their jobs. Businesses closed.

Prohibition did not stop drinking in America - it pushed it underground. Some who lost their jobs found work of the illicit variety. Many women started drinking. Speakeasies popped up and drinkers played cat and mouse with the law. Bootleggers and moonshiners had big orders to fill. Organized crime from Chicago and St. Louis found its way to Alton.

Alton Odyssey Tours is excited to announce their partnership with Vintage Voices to bring characters of the Roaring Twenties to life. You'll travel to locations affected by the death of John Barleycorn and meet some of the people most impacted by his demise. This tour includes stops at five different locations and concludes with a celebration to the end of prohibition with Prohibition Era cocktails during the tour!

2024 Tour Dates:

Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, July 13 2024
  • Saturday, August 17 2024
  • Saturday, September 21 2024
  • Saturday, November 16 2024


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