Brothels, Bordellos, and Bad Girls
Prostitution in Colorado, 1860-1930
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Brothels, Bordellos, and Bad Girls by Jan MacKell
Book DescriptionProstitution thrived in pioneer Colorado. Mining was the principal occupation and men outnumbered women more than twenty to one. Jan MacKell provides a detailed overview of the business between 1860 and 1930, focusing her research on the mining towns of Cripple Creek, Salida, Colorado City, and similar boomtown communities. She used census data, Sanborn maps, city directories, property records, marriage records, and court records to document and trace the movements of the women over the course of their careers, uncovering work histories, medical problems, and numerous relocations from town to town. She traces many to their graves, through years filled with abuse, disease, narcotics, and violence.MacKell has unearthed numerous colorful and often touching stories, like that of the boy raised in a brothel who was invited to play with a neighbor's children and replied, "No, my mother is a whore and says I am to stay at home.""Delicacy, humor, respect, and compassion are among the merits of this book. Although other authors have flirted with Colorado's commercial sex, Jan MacKell provides a detailed overview. She has been researching these elusive women for the last fifteen years. Such persistence allows her to offer rich detail on shady ladies who rarely used their real names or even stuck with the same professional name for long."--Thomas J. Noel, from the Introduction
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826333438
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of New Mexico Press
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Jan MacKell
Jan MacKell is a historian and preservationist in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Thomas J. Noel, also known as "Dr. Colorado," is professor of history and director of public history, preservation, and Colorado studies at the University of Colorado, Denver.
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