Stone Cold Sober; These Are The Last 4 Dry Counties of Texas Still Standing
It was 90 years ago that Prohibition ended in the United States. But Texas is one of the few states that still have stringent laws and regulations surrounding the sale of alcohol.
For example, the sale of alcohol is limited to certain hours on weekdays and weekends for shops. But licensed restaurants, bars, and other places can serve booze on the premises as long as they are licensed and it's served with food. There's lots of red tape and regulations.
But before alcohol can be sold, the voters have to give their approval (whether it be on the state, district, or city level). And wouldn't you know it? The vast majority of counties in Texas are "wet", meaning the voters approved the sale of booze.
In fact, there are only four counties in Texas that are still dry.
Borden County is itty bitty. Located in West Texas, its county seat is Gail, Texas with a population of 614 in 2020. It is the fifth-least populated county in the state.
Located east of Borden County on US-183, Kent County is the sixth-least populated county in the state. The county seat is Jayton and the population was 714 in the 2020 census.
Roberts County is the eighth-least populated county in the state. The county seat is Miami, Texas and the population is just over 817 as of the 2020 census.
With a population of 1,440, Throckmorton is the most populated of the four remaining dry counties in Texas. The county was established in 1858 and the county seat is the eponymous town of Throckmorton.
Why are these four counties holding out?
The answer is not yet clear. Although, the itty bitty population size might have something to do with it.
Either way, don't wander through these four counties hoping for a beer--you'll be sorely disappointed.
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