Another Mystery of the Rum Plane

Learn more about Croton in the Prohibition era:


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On May 15, 1922, when the Rum Plane crashed in Croton with 250 quarts of Canadian Scotch, it attracted the attention of the police, the press and curious Crotonites.

An article in the New York Times reported that when the Westchester County police reached the wrecked plane they found “country folk grouped about the battered remains of a once gallant craft, some of them looking quite cheerful over that which the air had provided, others shaking their heads in grief over . . . what had once been perfectly able-bodied whisky bottles.”

Luckily, one of the “country folk” who hiked up the hill near the Tumble Inn brought along a camera and snapped a couple of photos of the plane before it was dismantled by the police and moved to White Plains.

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Years later, someone put the photos in a small envelope and wrote a note on the front that saved them…

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