The other night, during part II of Ken Burns fantastic documentary on Prohibition, the camera turns to M St. and the story of Paul Ward, a bootlegger.
The clip shows a photo of the Thomas Sims Lee corner at 30th and M. But that’s not necessarily where the activity took place, since the basement of those buildings doesn’t go out to the alley. There are, however, a bunch of buildings down on the west end of M St., including Cady’s Alley, where that is the case. Either way, what a great story.
The series itself was absolutely fantastic, with photography and film from the period as captivating as we’ve come to expect from Burns’ work. If you missed it, watch the whole thing right here.
Here’s another clip of Donald Ward telling an even better story from his dad, which kicked off the episode:
GM really, really wishes he knew Donald Ward, he seems like he’s got a lot of great stories.