Max Sparber, a research specialist at the Douglas County Historical Society, described Omaha prior to Prohibition as a brewery town with three major breweries–Metz, Krug and Storz–plus the Willow Springs distillery. There was tension between wet Omaha and the dry, mostly rural remainder of the state. Nebraska adopted state prohibition a year before National Prohibition and kept it for a year after national repeal. In 1929, the heyday of prohibition, Omaha had 1,500 drinking places that operated openly under the protection of political boss Tom Dennison.