Prohibition lands in Kennewick basement



KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A Kennewick man has created his own Prohibition Era pool room he calls “Jerry’s Speakeasy,” in the basement of his home.

Jerry Johnson’s inner sanctum gives visitors a sneak a peek into the world of gangster Al Capone.

The Tri-City Herald reports his room includes mementos of ax-wielding Carrie Nation, who delighted in smashing up saloons.

And there are FBI wanted posters for George “Machine Gun” Kelly, John Dillinger, “Baby-Faced” Nelson and “Pretty-Boy” Floyd.

Johnson spent more than half a year creating the specially decorated pool room, using artifacts representing the era from 1920 to 1933.

Among the items hanging on the walls are a replica Thompson “Tommy” submachine gun and shadow boxes with paraphernalia from the dry days when the only legal way to obtain alcohol was with a federal government prescription.


Information from: Tri-City Herald,