From Havre de Grace History . . .
Prohibition represented the epitome of underground markets. Alcohol was illegal, but not out of demand. Across the country people found ways to purchase and consume the illegal beverage. Like many areas, Havre de Grace developed a criminal infrastructure, allowing people to purchase liquor. The establishments were secretive by design in order to avoid criminal punishment. Bootleggers in town made sure the demand was always satisfied, producing a steady flow of alcohol into the small city. While selling alcohol proved to be a lucrative business, eventually this illegal conduct caught the attention of the prohibition agents, whom conducted a major raid on Havre de Grace in 1924.