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Detroit during Prohibition: bootlegger's dream town

Prohibition became the law in 1920 and ended in 1933. The Detroit River became the major route for smugglers who made rum-running from Canada the second largest industry in Michigan after the auto industry. When the river froze, it seemed an easy matter to drive across from Ontario, but overloading your truck could be disastrous.

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Detroit during Prohibition: bootlegger's dream town