This Day In History

I thought this was a funny one and a good way to start the New Year. Just don't go tying cowbells to your legs and arms.
An ear-splitting, booze-soaked party in downtown Spokane ushered in 1911.

"Squads of young men paraded the streets with cow bells tied to their legs and arms," reported The Spokesman-Review.

Riverside Avenue was jammed "to the clock posts" with revelers, while the districts closer to the railroad tracks had their own way of celebrating.

"Along Front and Main avenues, the festivities resolved into drinking bouts in many of the saloons, which were packed to the doors with men of the laboring and roving classes," said a reporter. "The Chinese quarters gave vent to their feelings at midnight by firing cannon crackers."

A sober-minded squad of roaming ministers apparently had little effect on the revelry.

One young woman, "not out of her teens," got dead-drunk at the Silver Grill and had to be carried out. A waiter said the "little thing" was pouring down gin rickeys, which will knowck down a mile.

Despite all of this, saloon proprietors complained that it was "the quietest New Year's Eve in Spokane's history.


Grumpy said…
Is this a first hand report?
kden said…
Maybe my Grandma's, ha.
bill said…
Must have been the economy.

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