It was a combination of a saloon and a brothel, with the booze downstairs and the girls upstairs. A demimondaine in the customary white brothel gown and another girl in a dark hat, far left, greet passersby along Market Street, Denver, It was not uncommon for bordellos in Western towns to operate openly, without the stigma of East Coast cities. A map of the Cripple Creek gold seams showing the mining companies that owned them. A number of red light districts evolved into the social centres of their communities. As was customary across the USA, women of organised prostitution dressed in white smocks called brothel gowns. H Lowe picked up some rich ore in a meadow near the present site of Cripple Creek.
Harley. Age: 21.
As well as monitoring the cleanliness of the brothel and providing training, cosmetics and clothes, large focus for madams was keeping their business transactions discreet and staying on the good side of the law.
Kylee. Age: 31.
Striking photos reveal the boom-town brothels who roamed the Wild West
She had came from a Nebraska farm to the big city of Denver. The Club in the gold rush town of Cripple Creek, Colorado, circa These are the fascinating photographs of brothels and the women who worked there in the Old American West.