On The Trail Of Kentucky Moonshiners

(About 1910)

Kentucky has long been famous for its whiskey, legal and otherwise. These old post card views from about ninety years ago show that sometimes the U.S. Marshal made successful raids on the hidden whiskey operations of Kentucky moon-shiners. The captured stills were often brought to the county seat for all to see, as they represented a dangerous conquest. Many lives were lost during the moonshine wars.

A large moonshine still, captured in rural Madison County, is on display on Main Street in downtown Richmond, Kentucky.


Left Photo: A lawman is surrounded by admirers in this old scene, probably taken in Morehead, Kentucky. Note the many gunshot holes in the moonshine still.



Right Photo: A U.S. Marshal and his deputies stand on the wagon alongside the captured moonshine still. At left are the two young moonshiners, merely boys! Kentucky location not known.






Left Photo: Another wagon scene taken in downtown Hindman (Knott County), Kentucky. Note the gun the man standing in the wagon is wearing. No doubt, hunting for moonshiners was dangerous work!


(Post Card Views Are A Courtesy Of Carl Howell, P.O. Box 116, Hodgenville, KY 42748)

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