In the late 19 th century the city of Butte, Montana was a boom town, fueled by the lucrative copper mines in the region. Women had been selling sexual services in Butte since the town was founded as a mining camp in the s and by the town included dance halls, saloons, hotels, and List of Fargo ND escort agencies. East Galena Street became known as the twilight zone, with numerous brothels and other businesses which supported prostitution. A pair of brothers, Arthur and Joseph Nadeau, busied themselves buying up properties in the area, and in built a brothel on East Mercury Street. The Dumas Hotel was soon known locally as the Dumas Brothel. By the business was run by Grace McGinnis, who employed four or five women at different times, as Bree Murfreesboro TN escort as a cook and a maid.
February 1, — the night the lights went out in … Missoula. Samuel Clarence Ford had been elected Montana attorney general Bremerton WA escorts my provided guide fall, campaigning that he would strongly enforce the — until then — largely ignored laws outlawing prostitution.
Missoula Mayor H. Wilkinson and Missoula County Attorney Fred Angevine quickly issued a t statement declaring that all prostitution laws would be strictly enforced and that the red light district would be closed.
Known variously as the Midway Plaisance, the Bad Lands or the Restricted District, the area was the site of drunken brawls, drug dens and mysterious deaths by poison and other means. By the afternoon of January 31, — in the hours before the crackdown, expecting law enforcement raids — women from the district began packing Person from Richmond Virginia bags.
No one really believed that the crackdown would totally do away with the evil, but most agreed the law ought be be enforced. For about a month, things were quiet.
Two of those are running rooming houses and carrying on a legitimate business in a manner occasioning no complaint. The others are conducting themselves in a proper manner so far as we have been able to learn.
The third was handed over to a probation officer. She blames this fact for her downfall and says the city and Escorts ashville Gainesville government are responsible.
Sad to say, no follow-up story could be found on the outcome of her case.
As for the bigger picture, the statewide crackdown on prostitution proved extremely effective. Nearly years later, inthe Gleim building at west Front street, was added to the National register of Historic Places.
Jim Harmon is a longtime Missoula news broadcaster, now retired, who writes a weekly history column for Missoula Current. You can contact Jim at harmonshistories gmail. Value local news?
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