Americana: Chickening Out

Any visitors to the Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas, who thought it was a competitor of Colonel Sanders would have been in for a surprise. Known as "the best little whorehouse in Texas," and celebrated under that title in a current Broadway musical hit, the Chicken Ranch did a brisk business until a Houston television station broadcast an "exposé" about it five years ago. That shamed the state authorities into shutting it down. Last September a shrewd lawyer moved the Chicken Ranch, virtually intact, to Dallas, where it became a sort of disco...

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