The Oasis bordello museum is an interesting but slightly weird historical tour of a bordello located in the town of Wallace, Idaho. It felt a little weird because it feels so real. Personal items are laid out (pun) as if still in operation, however closed its doors in 1988. The story goes; the madam & ladies left in the middle of the night after being warned by some local(s) that the feds were coming to shut them down. I understand talking with locals, the person(s) that warned the girls, are viewed as somewhat of a hero. I expected to see a statue someplace in town, but didn’t spot one … maybe not so surprising.
The tour guide provided many interesting tidbits and history of the why’s and how’s of the business needs it supplied to the surrounding area. However, I soon recognized while taking the tour, probing questions needed to be asked, in order to get more worthy information about its operation. I can’t image for one second that working in or operating a bordello would be glamorous or considered first choice as a career option. It’s all about the money. But this museum tour gives a great insight into what opportunist lengths people (women in this case) would do to earn – apparently lots of bucks. And much of that money trickled out as payoffs and so forth. There may be a lot of stories in that ‘so forth’.
I wish one of these gals would write a ‘tell all’ book, but image it’d be hard to relive a time as this. I would like to know how this experience has affected their present day life. The tour guide did mention at least one of the gals did come back for a visit. A very fascinating place, but a little awkward. Not suited for underage children.
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