During the early decades of the 20th century, many of Baker County's rural residents manufactured illicit whiskey to make extra money. In many cases, it was a family's only source of income. The trade ultimately grew to be such a major industry, Baker County became known as the Moonshine Capitol of the South.
By the 1960s, the practice had become so corrupt many county citizens banded together to elect and support a new law enforcement program to rid the area of the 'stigma' of moonshine. Today, few are aware of the major role the industry played in the county's past.