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#ThrowbackThursday: Signs guide motorists to 'bootlegger's house'

Wheatland Justice of the Peace Nathan B. Newcomb is surrounded by community members as he posts a sign to guide motorists to a bootlegger's house just over the Oklahoma/Canadian county line. This photo was published Nov. 14, 1953, on the front page of The Daily Oklahoman. A story accompanying the photo reported that residents were "awakened at all hours of the night by thirsty visitors who 'want to know where our bootlegger lives.'" To stop the nuisance, Newcomb led the campaign to erect several signs offering directions to the "Canadian County Liquor House."  [JIM LUCAS/THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]
Wheatland Justice of the Peace Nathan B. Newcomb is surrounded by community members as he posts a sign to guide motorists to a bootlegger's house just over the Oklahoma/Canadian county line. This photo was published Nov. 14, 1953, on the front page of The Daily Oklahoman. A story accompanying the photo reported that residents were "awakened at all hours of the night by thirsty visitors who 'want to know where our bootlegger lives.'" To stop the nuisance, Newcomb led the campaign to erect several signs offering directions to the "Canadian County Liquor House." [JIM LUCAS/THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

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Linda Lynn, News Research Editor

Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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