Texas: A Piece of The Old West

A Piece of The Old West

Enshrined on Broadway as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas but known to customers from far beyond tiny La Grange as the Chicken Ranch, the most familiar bordello in the U.S. has been out of business since 1973. But now La Grange (pop. 3,768) is clucking over plans by Houston Contractor Todd Hoffman to erect a museum on the site and hold a "Chicken Fest," featuring big-name entertainers and a barbecue cookoff with a $40,000 first prize. Mayor Charlie Jungmichel has called Hoffman's proposal a "slap in the face to the people of our county. I think our morals are better...

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