Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas in The Chicken Ranch was shut down in The Ranch inspired the Broadway musical, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and ZZ Top's musical hit "La Grange". Miss Edna, the last Madame passed away in Feb.
Meet Mattie Silks, a madam of the red-light district in Denver, Colorado known as "The Row". At just 19 years of age she traveled to Denver & opened her house in 1877. There she met & had a common-law marriage with Mr. Silks. Prohibition combined with presure from City Hall caused Mattie to sell out in 1919.
The badge is a shield and is made of solid copper and double die struck with a silver-plated antique finish . It measures 2 inches across and has a pin for attaching to a shirt. It reads "Brothel Inspector Kansas City". This was an official job title at one time and there were laws regulating the brothel industry.