At one time one full block on both sides of Emigrant Street had 18 brothels on their second floors.When the cowboys were in town, girls would hang out the windows waving to the lonely cowboys as they roamed the street. Many of the brothel's were set up and called boarding houses, but it was pretty clear what really went on in the boarding houses.
The one on the tour was last run by Stella Darby before it was boarded up. And because it was boarded up a lot of the furniture and items in the rooms were there when they pulled down the boards and persuaded the woman who owned the building to allow the historical society to give tours.
|One of the bedrooms|
Stella also had a doctor come regularly to make sure the girls were healthy.
|Girl's Claw foot tub|
The girls had their own bedrooms and one they used for "business". They had a pretty claw foot tub in a communal lavatory for their use.
|Where the men "cleaned up"|
In Stella's bedroom there is a secret passage that leads out of her bedroom and into the room of their one tenant who was an artist and their "bouncer". If there was a prominent local man visiting during a raid they could hide him in the passage until the room had been searched then let him out and down the stairs before anyone saw him.