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Old 04-15-2011, 09:57 PM
 
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It's also plug ugly, as are most "earthship" houses, but I guess it works as it's supposed to.
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:50 AM
 
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My suggestion was to keep Ridgway a western town, keep its small town charm, the dirt roads the wooden boardwalk and expand on the western history and the train museum and trains. Market it as a taste of the west. Have people dress up in western attire, stage gunfights in the town park like they did years ago, have stagecoach rides like Silverton, clean up the train exhibits and gave train rides. I was basically laughed at.
That's actually worked out pretty well for Virginia City (NV).... Virginia City "Step Back In Time"
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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That's actually worked out pretty well for Virginia City (NV).... Virginia City "Step Back In Time"
Especially with legal bordellos . . .
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:56 AM
 
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Especially with legal bordellos . . .
And how exactly do you know about those?
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:21 PM
 
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And how exactly do you know about those?
I believe these were known in the Old West as "Sportin' Houses". I know for a fact there were a few in those parts at one time, unfortunately not from personal experience though. A couple of folks wrote a whole book on the topic:

http://www.amazon.com/Brothels-Borde.../dp/0826333435
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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And how exactly do you know about those?
Not the way you think. I was doing some economic research on county government in the Western states a few years back. The legal bordellos in Storey County, of which Virginia City is the county seat, provided something like 40% of the sales tax and property tax revenue to Storey County at that time. The famous Mustang Ranch bordello (which was actually run by the IRS for a time after they seized it for unpaid taxes--I'll leave the editorializing about that circumstance to others) is located in Storey County, along with several others. Whether bordellos are legal or not in Nevada counties is up to county option. They are legal in numerous rural Nevada counties, but not in Clark County (Las Vegas) or Washoe County (Reno).

As for the Colorado, the last "out-in-the-open" bordello open in Colorado--though they had long before been made illegal--was Laura Evans' bordello in Salida, which finally closed in the late 1950's. Ms. Evans was reported to say that she closed because she could not stay in business charging for what young women were, by then, giving away for free to her potential customers!
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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Interesting article about it here:

Durango Herald Online
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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Interesting article about it here:

Durango Herald Online
Ha! And there's a picture of Jazzy - caught ya bud
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:52 PM
 
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He probably knows the re-enactors. The guy on the right did a bunch of really great oral histories with old timers from the area back in the 70s.
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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LOL, this morphed, didn't it?

The more famous ones are a bit of a drive from where VC is.....of course, everything in NV is a "bit of a drive" to get to......

It's possible to get to VC without even seeing one, the signs are everywhere but not the actual buildings.....and usually the town (when in full on "show mode") is loaded with kids/families/seniors......

NV's economy has been in the toilet longer than the rest of the US, but every year Virginia City fills up with tourists in spite of that fact.......
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