Editor's note: In light of Oct. 1, 2019, being the year anniversary since strong beer was allowed to be sold in more stores, here is a Throwback Tulsa when Oklahomans first let weak beer be sold. 


The mercury had hit 100 degrees or more for 15 days running, but thirsty Tulsans needed no excuse to stampede drugstores and restaurants on July 12, 1933.

“Never before in the history of eastern Oklahoma had beer appeared openly, without interference of the law, on city streets,” said a front-page story in the Tulsa World.

Not unlike the pioneers who made the historic land runs, this time Oklahomans were enjoying their first legal beer run.

The day before, Oklahomans had voted by a wide margin to legalize weak beer. Read the rest of the story in this Throwback Tulsa column.