Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains

Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains

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Throughout the development of the American West, prostitution grew and flourished within the mining camps, small towns, and cities of the nineteenth-century Rocky Mountains. Whether escaping a bad home life, lured by false advertising, or seeking to subsidize their income, thousands of women chose or were forced to enter an industry where they faced segregation and persecution, fines and jailing, and battled the hazards of disease, drug addiction, physical abuse, pregnancy, and abortion. They dreamed of escape through marriage or retirement, but more often found relief only in death. An integral part of western history, the stories of these women continue to fascinate readers and captivate the minds of historians today. Expanding on the research she did for Brothels, Bordellos, and Bad Girls (UNM Press), historian Jan MacKell moves beyond the mining towns of Colorado to explore the history of prostitution in the Rocky Mountain states of Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Each state had its share of working girls and madams like Big Nose Kate or Calamity Jane who remain celebrities in the annals of history, but MacKell also includes the stories of lesser-known women whose role in this illicit trade nonetheless shaped our understanding of the American West.Likewise, doctors revived Rose Vastine, also known as a€œTimberline, a€ after an intended overdose. Another time ... The best known of these families was the Vanoli clan, which managed operations in Ouray as well as in the nearby towns of Red Mountain and Telluride. John Vanoli first built property ... Silvertona#39;s first permanent madam was Jane Bowen, also known as a€œthe Sage Hen, a€ who first appeared inanbsp;...


Title:Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains
Author: Jan MacKell
Publisher:UNM Press - 2011-10-12
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