Hidden Room in Old Home Could Date Back to Prohibition Era

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  A remarkable discovery inside the basement of a 100-year-old home in the Coleman Highlands neighborhood could possibly date back to the prohibition era.

A carpenter said he came across a hidden room when he was trying to take down a closet.

"I knew there was a stone foundation, so I was hoping to see that and then I came across a smooth plaster wall and that's when I knew there was something behind it," said Rob Jones.

Jones said he called his partner, Daniel Janssen, and together they opened a vault door with the words, "Faultless Condensed Milk Co." over it. They discovered up to 30 moonshine jugs, early 1900s champagne bottles, some old vermouth and Pendergast gin bottles.

Janssen said the latter is a clue as to what this room really is.

"Pendergast only made booze around from like 1910 to 1935 and that's right in the heart of prohibition," Janssen said.

The men said they found the empty bottles actually hidden behind another brick wall in that room.

"That just kind of tells the story," Jones said. "They had that stuff hidden behind there and then chipped it out later to get to it."

According to records, a Melvin and Donna Mains could have been the ones to build the hidden room. They are presumably the first homeowners, selling the home in 1961.

The current homeowner said she plans to keep the room and possibly turn it into a cellar.

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