Mayhem and Moonshine in Prohibition-era in Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Experience hosted by Garrett

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

On this 2.5-hour walking tour, we’ll explore Santa Fe's Prohibition past when liquor was outlawed but citizens continued to bootleg and imbibe during the "noble experiment" of 1920 - 1933.

We'll gather in front of the federal district court house to learn about how the temperance movement tried (and failed) to turn New Mexico dry. We'll learn about bootleggers such as Jim Lopez and Ramon Jimenez, federal judge Colin Neblett who nearly single-handedly handled the massive volumes of Volstead Act violations, Witter "Hal" Bynner, who was Santa Fe's Jay Gatsby, famous artists who dabbled in moonshine such as Will Shuster and Gus Baumann, brothel madame Inez Mullarkey, and a deadly shootout between two police officers at a speakeasy.

Our walking route covers about 1.5 miles, mostly on sidewalks, and our route ends in the Railyard. Along the way, participants will read contemporary accounts from the Prohibition-era.

A post-tour happy hour will take place at Santa Fe Spirits' tasting room (cash bar; drinks not included in tour price, but all-day discount applies for Prohibition in Santa Fe participants).

Whether you are a local or a visitor, you will see Santa Fe in an entirely different light.
On this 2.5-hour walking tour, we’ll explore Santa Fe's Prohibition past when liquor was outlawed but citizens continued to bootleg and imbibe during the "noble experiment" of 1920 - 1933.

We'll gather in front of the federal district court house to learn about how the temperance movement tried (and failed) to turn New Mexico dry. We'll learn about bootleggers such as Jim Lopez and Ramon Jimenez, federal judge Colin Neblett who nearly…

Accessibility

Free admission for people assisting guests with disabilities

Meet your host, Garrett

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 3 Reviews
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Hi. I'm Garrett.

I am an author, historian, and tour guide in Santa Fe via Washington, D.C. I was the foremost expert on Prohibition in the nation's capital, and have been researching New Mexico's Prohibition history for years, as I am writing a book about mayhem and moonshine in the Land of Enchantment.

Prohibition is the gift that keeps on giving. Americans are endlessly fascinated by how we changed the Constitution to prohibit alcohol, then changed it back after the "Thirteen Awful Years," as H. L. Mencken called it.

I've deeply researched Santa Fe's Prohibition history and have designed this experience around your participation. I can't wait to share this hidden history with you!
Hi. I'm Garrett.

I am an author, historian, and tour guide in Santa Fe via Washington, D.C. I was the foremost expert on Prohibition in the nation's capital, and have been researching New Mexico's Prohibition history for years, as I am writing a book about mayhem and moonshine in the Land of Enchantment.

Prohibition is the gift that keeps on giving. Americans are endlessly fascinated by how we changed the Constitution to prohibit alcohol, then changed it back after the "Thi…
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Where you'll be

On this fun outdoor walking tour of Prohibition in Santa Fe, you'll explore the mayhem that ensued when liquor was outlawed, but citizens continued to drink, thanks to the many bootleggers. We'll gather at the federal district court house and explore sites related to the "noble experiment:" speakeasies, the site where Zozobra was first burned, a police shootout site, and the former state capital where Prohibition was put to an end.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Doug
January 2022
Garrett's knowledge on prohibition and the Santa Fe area was excellent. We learned so much and he made the tour engaging and fun.
Kevin
December 2021
A great historical tour from a talented, knowledgeable, and extremely capable tour guide who clearly knows his background and research while enjoying his work. Garrett is well organized and has a great deal of local information. Highly recommend any one of his tours while in Santa Fe.
Sydney
December 2021
Another wonderful tour by Garrett. The prohibition period in New Mexico comes to life through the stories Garrett tells and the sites around town he will show you. And how fun to end the tour with a beverage at Santa Fe Spirits.

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Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 30 guests in total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

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Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 24 hours before the start time for a full refund.