Neal Dow & The World Cup

Today’s Portland Daily Sun includes a visit to the Neal Dow Memorial house on Congress Street and examination of his legacy as the Father of Prohibition.

“People on the wharf were often paid in alcohol not cash. How were people supposed to buy food or wood for the fire or clothes for their children? On Congress Street from Bramhall to Munjoy Hill there were 300 places where you could buy rum. In shoe stores, in meat markets, in clothing stores; they all had a barrel of rum and people drank it like water…

The newspaper also took a look at how local bars are preparing for this year’s World Cup.