Creator

Date Original

1921-1923

Description

This collection contains two police court dockets from El Dorado, Arkansas, from 1921-1923. Police dockets are official summaries of court proceeding on legal cases. Prohibition was in full effect in Arkansas between 1921-1923, and these police dockets include many cases involving alcohol.

Biographical/Historical Note

El Dorado became the county seat of Union County, Arkansas, in 1843. In 1921, Dr. Samuel Busey discovered oil roughly a mile southwest of El Dorado, and that discovery changed the small town. The population of 4,000 people grew to 30,000 by 1925. During that period of growth, the police force of El Dorado had to face many new challenges. Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment in which the sale, manufacture, or transportation of alcohol was prohibited. Arkansas ratified the amendment in January 1919. El Dorado received an influx of oil workers from all over the United States that indulged in alcohol. El Dorado's police had to enforce the prohibition law in the midst of a rapidly growing population.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

El Dorado, Union County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000870

Resource Type

Text

Collection

El Dorado [AR] Police Court docket ledgers, MS.000870

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

El Dorado [AR] Police Court docket ledgers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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