Brewery shenanigans, an angry lioness, and a bit of monkeying around at Lemp's Park

High spirits and Victorian amusements make for colorful history in Benton Park.

Due to recent headlines, I thought Iโ€™d see if there were any historical โ€œbeer barons behaving badlyโ€ stories. There were the usual colorful accounts from the 1920s, mainly of breweries during Prohibition selling beer that was too high in alcohol content. I found a tale or two of shady licenses for some taverns (before the outlawing of intoxicating spirits, bars had allegiances to particular breweries). And there was an occasional arrest of a brewery heir for, say, carrying a concealed revolver at a ward meeting. But the stories that captured my attention revolved around the private amusement spectacle at Lempโ€™s Park, just north of the brewery at the corner of Lemp and Utah avenues.

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