These are the fascinating pictures of brothels and the women who worked there in the old American West.
The rare pictures taken in the state of Colorado at the turn of the nineteenth century show & # 39; dirty pigeons & # 39; girls in white dresses who came up cities like Denver to preserve the company for working men .
Other photos include the infamous brothels that show madams, men, women, girls, and even babies who have a little time left in the Wild West.
The highly mythical American border saw that economic workers traveled the western states of the Union in search of lucrative work.
Tree towns and villages that struck gold became magnets for prospectors who would then move to a city to work on the mine.
One of those Coloradan cities was Cripple Creek, where gold was minted in October 1890. The population of the city grew in just three years from just five hundred to a bustling ten thousand.
Treaties with Native American nations, military conquest, the construction of farms, farms and towns, marking paths and digging mines all drew men west to the border for work.
Almost without exception, pioneering camps for mining, boomtowns and whistling stops became home to at least one or two prostitutes, if not a bustling red-light district.
Prostitution has greatly contributed to the urban economy in terms of business permits, fees and fines. A number of red light districts evolved to the social centers of their communities.
It was not unusual for brothels to operate openly in western cities, without the stigma of the cities on the east coast.
Gambling and prostitution were central to life in these western cities, and only later, as the female population increased, did reformers come in and other civilization influences – prostitution became less blatant and less common.
A photo taken in Cripple Creek shows a bordello called The Club. It is a typical old-west palace with musicians, the lady, housemaids and the ladies who wore white wedding gowns hanging above the windows of the upper floor.
The white dress was the uniform for prostitutes in the Old West. Despite their appearance, these girls were heavy, many of them going to rob customers by poisoning their beer.
Pictured: unidentified prostitutes from Denver, Colorado, around 1890. So-called & dirty pigeons, girls with white dresses, blossomed in cities like Denver to preserve the company for working men. Workers from all over America came through the US via Denver
Left: Famous Old West Madam Jennie Rogers who operated in Denver. Right: Mattie Silks. Mattie operated in Denver and other cities in Colorado. Prostitution has greatly contributed to the urban economy in terms of business permits, fees and fines. A number of red light districts evolved to the social centers of their communities
Ed Chase & # 39; s Palace Theater in Denver. This establishment was outside the designated brothel quarter, but it was the first place gold seekers and travelers would go from the train station for female diversion and cheerfulness. It organized spicy shows, luxury buffets, gambling and drinks. The palace, as it was known, was famous in the Old West
The club in the gold rush town of Cripple Creek, Colorado, around 1892. The photo shows a typical old-west sin palace with musicians, the lady (bottom right, striped dress), housemaids, and the ladies who wore white wedding dresses hang from the upstairs windows. There is also a baby in a pram, bottom left. Gold was minted at Cripple Creek in October 1890. The population of the city rose from just five hundred to a bustling ten thousand in just three years.
Left: Belle Binard & # 39; s brothel on the Denver Row, circa 1885. This establishment was one of the finer houses. Right: The Tremont on Blair Street in the mining town of Silverton in the mountains of San Juan. It was a combination of a saloon and a brothel, with the drink downstairs and the girls upstairs
Two women in a brothel dress can be seen in the facade of 2130 Market Street, Denver, 1905. As a group of three, men also walk through the dirty street. The street was the infamous hedonistic area of Denver in the 19th and 20th centuries, simply known as The Row
The interior of the Madam Mamie Darling's brothel in Market Street, Denver, is not yet known. As usual in the US, women from organized prostitution dressed in white smock breasts called gowns. My favorite is the woman in the dark dress, and the man on the floor next to her would have been the pianist, the security guard or a pimp
A demimondaine in the usual white brothel frock and another girl in a dark hat, far left, greet passers-by along Market Street, Denver, 1905. If the man didn't stop, he could be taunted, or she might tear off his hat, take it to throw it in, so he has to enter the brothel to pick it up. Demimondaines as they are known were not above murder theft so customers had to be careful
Emma Lillis Quigley before (left) and after (right) her transformation from externally respectable citizen to a woman of & # 39; easy virtue & # 39 ;, circa 1880. After this photo was taken of her, things increased proportionally . It was said that she wore $ 6,000 in jewelry during afternoon walks. She had come from a farm in Nebraska to the big city of Denver. But Quigley soon discovered that gentlemen would eagerly pay for certain favors, so she left her outward decency
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