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The Old Watering Hole

Long before the temperence movement went nuclear in 1919, they tried other ways to stem the tide of alcohol consumption in the United States. In 1874, the Women's Christian Temperance Union hatched a plan to build public drinking fountains across the country in order to offer people an alternative to going into saloons to have a drink. While the project probably wasn't as effective as the ladies of the WCTU would have liked, many of these fountains still stand today. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jan 5, 2014 - 23 comments

 
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