The Old Homestead House, was indeed a real live brothel in Cripple Creek Colorado. It has been preserved and is now open to the public as a museum.
I think it says a lot about a town when a local house-of-ill-repute is held in such high esteem (and I mean that in a good way).
Here’s the backstory:
The Homestead House was once the most famous brothel in Cripple Creek. Owned and operated by Pearl DeVere, the opulent parlor bustled with activity and became known for its impeccable service, high-powered customers, and its glamorous madams. At a time when $3 a day was considered a good wage for a miner, Pearl charged $250 a night, and got it. Today, the Homestead House is a museum that has been lovingly restored with velvet bedspreads and handmade furniture.
Pearl spared no expense in decorating the opulent parlour, importing wallpaper from Paris and outfitting it with the finest of hardwood furniture, expensive carpets, crystal electric chandeliers and leather-topped gaming tables. The house even included a telephone, an intercom system, and two bathrooms, at a time when such things were mostly unheard of.– from: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/co-pearldevere
Well my friends, that concludes my virtual tour of Cripple Creek, Colorado.
Donkeys, whorehouses, miners, pyromaniacs, casinos, and Victorian gingerbread at 9,494 feet above sea level… I hope you have enjoyed Cripple Creek Week here on House Crazy!