Temperance Towns

Temperance Towns

Temperance Towns were settlements planned, financed, and populated by followers of the temperance movement of the late 1800s.

* Prohibition Park, New York (Staten Island), began as a summer colony for temperance followers in Manhattan and was financed by New York businessmen
* Vineland, New Jersey, was founded by Charles Kline Landis (1833–1900), a land developer from Philadelphia
* Harriman, Tennessee, was a land development founded by General Clinton B. Fisk (1828–1890), the Prohibition party presidential candidate in 1888 (Furnas 1965, 324–326)
* Palo Alto, California, was a temperance town begun by Mrs. Leland Stanford (1828–1905)
* Demorest, Georgia, was advertised in the "Union Signal" as a "city of refuge" from the problems of urban life. [Susanna Barrows and Robin Room, "Puritans in Taverns: Law and Popular Culture in Colonial Massachusetts, 1630–1720", p. 185, University of California Press (April 1991)]
* Temperance, Michigan, was named by two of its earliest settlers, Lewis and Martha Ansted. The Ansteds wrote restrictions into the deeds for all of the property they owned, specifying that alcohol could never be sold there. Other early settlers followed their lead. The restrictions lasted about 100 years, then were repealed on the initiative of a local businesswoman. [Walter T. Pulliam, "Harriman, the Town that Temperance Built", 706pp, (privately printed by Pulliam, 1978)]
* Greeley, Colorado
* Harvey, Illinois, was founded in 1891 by Christian leader Turlington W. Harvey

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