The Woman's Christian Temperance Union, established in 1874, labored endlessly for the cause of prohibition and other social issues of the day. Social drinking and the environment of saloons expanded as our nation grew and became more industrialized and urbanized. With this growth came more immigrants whose cultures included the drinking of intoxicating beverages. Alcoholism had become a broad problem, requiring the work of both the WCTU and the legislation efforts of Neal Dow. Click the links above to learn more about Neal Dow, the man, and about the national landmark that was endowed to the WCTU.