Behavior: Mason City: A Porn-Fed Town

Change came to Mason City, Iowa, in the mid-'60s. The state approved liquor by the drink in 1963, and the first bars gradually appeared in town. Then came go-go dancers, and by 1965 they were topless. "Things that started in Des Moines pretty soon channeled down to cities our size," says the city's Chief of Police W.D. ("Wes") Greenan. "At first people got pretty upset, but there was nothing legally we could do."

In 1970 Richard Davis, a Des Moines businessman, applied for a license for an "adult" moviehouse in Mason City. The mayor refused to sign the license, but Davis took...