Living: Deadwood's Defunct Houses

Exeunt 27 "girls," along with an important source of income

Its name may sound lugubrious, but Deadwood, S. Dak. (pop. 1,974), has long been a pretty lively town. For more than 100 years it has sported some of the best little whorehouses in the West. Their combined commerce has, in fact, rivaled logging, mining and tourism as Deadwood's chief source of income. No longer. The bordellos have been closed down, and not all Deadwoodians are happy about it.

Pam's Frontier Room, Dixie's Shasta Room, the Pine Room and the Cozy Room were raided by a...

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