Deputy sheriffs confiscate and destroy slot machines in downtown Seattle on March 30, 1925.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 2/26/1999
  • Essay 951
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On March 30, 1925, search warrants are issued to the King County Sheriff's Department to look for gambling devices at 1525 4th Avenue and 421 Pike Street. At both places, the sheriff's department confiscates slot machines owned by the Union Supply Company.

At this time, gambling was illegal in Washington state. Slot machines continue to be prohibited, although some are in use at certain tribal casinos.

Sources: Search Warrant Nos. 2650 and 2652, Liquor Search Dockets, Vol. 2, Justice Court, King County, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue Community College campus, Bellevue, Washington.

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