The passage of the 18th Amendment had a profound effect on Milwaukee County. Illegal homebrewing became a popular way to get around law enforcement, but the practice was fraught with danger. This photo was taken after a still exploded in a Cudahy home.
Want to learn more about Milwaukee under Prohibition? Come visit our “Moonshining Mama” exhibit, which tells the story of a Milwaukee woman who ran a speakeasy and built a distillery in her home to supply the undercover saloon with alcohol. The exhibit is on display now at the Milwaukee County Historical Society.