Source: Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress - Arlington Brewing Co. was a major supplier to local saloons before
Prohibition.The factory’s 125-foot-tall brick smokestack was leveled in 1958.
Source: Virginia Room, Arlington County Public Library - Eliza Sorrel’s Sunday bar was one of the many Rosslyn saloons closed by crusading Commonwealth’s Attorney Crandal Mackey in 1904 (that’s him on the porch).
In November 1923, a federal judge
ordered that 18,000 bottles of beer
(intercepted en route to Washington from Philadelphia) be smashed in the Arlington dump. These bottles are now buried beneath the Pentagon and its parking lots.
Source: Virginia Room, Arlington County Public Library - Wilson Boulevard was among the few paved streets cutting through the heart of Arlington in the 1920s. Automobiles proliferated during the decade, making the bootlegger’s job much easier.