Saturday, April 2, 2022

Oshkosh Saloons 1880-1919

Here’s where Oshkosh’s love affair with the saloon begins...

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Between 1880 and 1910 the population of Oshkosh almost doubled. But the number of saloons during that same period more than quadrupled. 

In 1880, there was one saloon for every 583 Oshkoshers. By 1910 the ratio was one saloon for every 273 Oshkosh residents. Not surprisingly, the numbers dipped in 1919, the year before Prohibition began.

Today, things are more like they were in 1890. We now have about one tavern for every 530 people living in Oshkosh.

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