Listen To A Podcast Featuring San Juan History

Posted October 15, 2020 at 5:00 am by

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Andrew Vei­th of Seat­tle has cre­at­ed a pod­cast called “Rebel His­to­ry,” which fea­tures the San Juan Islands. Lis­ten to episodes at

By Andrew Vei­th, Rebel His­to­ry Podcast

This pod­cast will for­ev­er change your view of Seat­tle, the San Juan Islands and their his­to­ry. Inter­na­tion­al crim­i­nal empires, gun bat­tles, dou­ble agents, sex, treach­ery, and so much more.

Ambi­tious men took to the waters of the Puget Sound, pay­ing a vis­it north of the bor­der to pur­chase alco­hol from their Cana­di­an neigh­bors. In the dead of night, on stormy seas, they’d “jump the line” dart­ing in and out of coves, wary of prowl­ing Coast Guard ships.

Qui­et­ly they’d weave through the San Juan Islands and down to seclud­ed beach­es near Seat­tle. “Swampers” wait­ed on the shore in the ear­ly morn­ing dark­ness to load the alco­hol into trucks and automobiles.

Roy Olm­stead and his gang smug­gled more alco­hol into the Unit­ed States than any­one else on the West Coast. At its peak, his oper­a­tion was smug­gling 100s of mil­lions of dol­lars in illic­it booze. Dogged­ly pur­sued by Pro­hi­bi­tion agents, Olm­stead built an empire, employ­ing an army of smug­glers, paid off cops, lawyers, accoun­tants, sales­men, phone oper­a­tors, and one young genius inventor.

See (and hear) more at

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  1. This is the coolest pod­cast ever

    Comment by Norris Palmer on October 16, 2020 at 7:54 pm

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