Category Archives: State of Utah (1900-1930)

BYU flapper-coeds at the Provo railroad station, 1920s

H-373. These vivacious BYU flapper-coeds if the 1920s were the official greeting committee at the Provo railroad station. At registration time they and other student groups welcomed the arriving BYU students, large numbers of whom traveled by train in those days. The practice started among Sanpete County students, but soon spread to other incoming students. Notice the sign on the station:”Have a Drink. Cold, Pure & Fresh ‘Provo Water’ from Mountain Springs.” Courtesy of Homer Wakefield.

Cartoon inspired by the controversy over a Provo ordinance prohibiting the sale of alcohol, 1909

This cartoon was inspired by the controversy that raged over a local Provo ordinance prohibiting the sale of liquor in 1909, ten years before the Volstead Act implemented the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages. On the near side of the street are the red-nosed “wets” standing among beer barrels. Across the street are the “dry” students and faculty, parading in front of a saloon carrying signs delclaring “Down with Saloons,”BYU for Prohibition,”Faculty Strong for Prohibition,” and a picture of a drunk labeled “Finished Product.” The local law resulted from a resolution drawn up by the presidency of BYU, adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 4, 1909, and submitted to the Provo City Council.” The petition was approved not only by the city but also by the county commission so that prohibition was established throughout Utah County.”