“After what seemed like ages, the curtain went up and Antoinette Adams strode to the footlights…”
Denver’s Holladay Street was the most wicked street in the West in the 1870s and 1880s.
Emma Wixom rose from the obscurity of a small Nevada mining town to win acclaim as Emma Nevada.
Irene’s clientele included some important men – a California governor, a senator, and at least one judge.
In Dodge City, Kansas, the important men made their headquarters at the Long Branch Saloon.
Mattie and Cortez had come to Dawson City figuring that the special merchandise Mattie offered was in far greater demand in the northern reaches than in Denver.
The soiled dove with the heart of gold is a stock character in thousands of stories about the Old West, and Idaho had such a character.
Women of the mid-1800s considered ornamental fineries like the handkerchief an easy piece of their wardrobe to part with.
There were a number of well-known, fashion trendsetters in the Old West.
Before heading west, pioneers consulted guidebooks for advice on suitable dress for the trip.
Seventy-five-year-old Baby Doe Tabor was dressed in layers of torn, threadbare garments that dragged along the ground as she walked.
At twenty-one years of age Gladys Knowles feared she would die an old maid.
From 1875 to 1895, hopeful men and women from Connecticut to California daily perused the pages of the Matrimonial News in search of someone who would commit to them for the rest of their lives.
Nellie and Joe Sleet’s mail-order marriage wasn’t the only correspondence romance that ended in bitter divorce…
Lonely hearts from Syracuse, New York to San Francisco, California joined such organizations in hopes of finding a suitable mate with whom to spend the rest of their lives.
The murder of the well-liked courtesan baffled many.
Madam Rogers’s two-story, brick brothel was a popular stop for those living in or passing through the region.
What really happened to Tom King and her child is a mystery.
The atmosphere of a smoky saloon, the endless supply of alcohol and distractions from sporting girls helped create the occasional sore loser.
Biographers note that Calamity Jane had a drinking problem that often interfered with her ability to perform in the Wild West programs.