Somervell County’s moonshine past

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Covering only 192 square miles, Somervell County is the second-smallest of any of Texas’ 254 counties.
In addition to its compact size, in the 1920s the county also ranked as the second-poorest in Texas.
But with the advent of national prohibition, Somervell County reigned as one of the state’s top moonshining venues.
A lot of folks of otherwise modest means suddenly had full pockets.
By 1923, in the estimate of Jeffrey J. Pruitt, who wrote a book on Somervell County native Ernest T. Adams, the lawyer and lay archeologist who had a hand in discovering the county’s famous dinosaur tracks, the illegal production and selling of alcoholic beverages ranked as the county’s top industry.
If the way the map had been drawn left the people who lived


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