Arizona remained a raw, rather uncivilized territory before it became one of the last states to enter the Union. Few towns exemplify this more than Prescott. Untamed land lured those who saw an opportunity to prosper, including a number of shady ladies. A staple of any western town, these wanton women were independent, hearty individuals eager to unpack their petticoats and set up shop. Within six years of establishment, at least five prostitutes operated in Prescott. As their clientele grew, so did their influence. Mollie Sheppard, Lida Winchell, Gabriell Dollie and many more women were integral forces on the city that should not be forgotten. From Granite Street to Whiskey Row, Prescott's painted ladies established an ever-expanding red-light district halted only by Arizona's admission to the Union in 1912. Join author Jan MacKell Collins to discover the soiled doves of Prescott's red-light district.
About the Author
Native Arizonian Jan MacKell Collins is an author and historian whose work focuses on prostitution history and other interesting aspects of the West. Author of over two thousand magazine articles, her writing appears in Colorado Gambler Magazine, Kiva Magazine and True West Magazine. Her 2009 book Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains was nominated for a WILLA award by Women Writing the West in 2011 she was a co-nominee for the 2010 anthology, Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West.
Table of Contents
1 Prescott, Maiden City of Arizona 15
2 A Tough Life 31
3 Murder in the Red-Light District 45
4 Ladies of the Line 57
5 Queens of the Row 71
6 The Strange Fate of Mollie Sheppard 85
7 Lida Winchell, From Rags to Riches to Rans 95
8 In Defense of Gabriell Dollie Wiley 109
9 The Law Is the Law 131
10 A Look Back 149
About the Author 175