The Busy Bee


Courtesy Cochran County Historical Commission

The Busy Bee Tavern in Morton.

Cheyenne Barnes, Tribe reporter

After serving as Cochran County Sheriff from 1935-36, John Sharp Crockett opened the Busy Bee Tavern. It is not known exactly where the tavern was located in Morton. The wall, ceiling and even the bar were made from beer cans.

At the time, the Busy Bee was the only bar in the area and was frequented by patrons from Lubbock and New Mexico, who would make the trip to be able to drink.

On August 29, 1940, the residents of Cochran County voted to make the county dry, meaning it was no longer legal to sell alcoholic beverages in the county, and the Busy Bee Tavern was forced to close its doors. Upset with the decision to make the county dry, some patrons, decided to take revenge on those they felt headed the efforts to persuade voters to vote dry.

On Sunday, September 1, 1940, members of the First Baptist Church of Morton arrived at the church to find the lawns covered in liquor bottles and beer cans. It took the congregation just over two hours to clean up the bottles and cans.


Sources: June Kennedy (note: June was a little girl at the time this occurred. She was and still is a member of the First Baptist Church of Morton, and helped to clean up the bottles and cans left in retaliation)