These next 7 pages are about the Oasis brothel and some of it is not very suitable for children.
If your vision of a Wild West brothel includes 19th century gunslingers and glamorous women in corsets, then a visit to the Oasis Bordello Museum may alter your view. It was once a brothel which was open for business until 1988. Now it is a museum which gives a great insight into the lives of the prostitutes of the early Wild West.
While Nancy Reagan was telling America "Just say no," the ladies of the Oasis were saying "Yes" to any man in Wallace with twenty bucks.
It goes without saying that, in 1988, prostitution in America was completely illegal, even in out-of-the-way Wallace, Idaho. But Madame Ginger had been careful to make generous “donations” to the police department, and was one of the town’s prime philanthropists. As such, she was popular with locals and could even call on the police force for assistance, should things at her establishment get rowdy. For all intents and purposes, The Oasis was a legitimate business… and what a business it was! With five girls working sixteen-hour shifts, profits were estimated to clear a million a year.
The two-story brick building which housed the Oasis brothel began its existence in 1895 and is one of the few structures in Wallace that survived the famous 1910 fire. There was originally a saloon downstairs and a hotel upstairs.
After it was turned into a bordello the Oasis hotel sign remained and to someone who didn’t know better this was still the Oasis hotel which beckoned weary travelers with the “room for rent” sign propped up in the window. Liquor flowed freely and parts of an old still are on display in the basement.
More journaling on the Oasis Brothel will be continued on Page 2.