Fur, silver, and gold first lured men to Idaho Territory. Women soon followed. And what women they were!
Molly B’Damn, Peg Leg Annie, Spanish Belle, Lou Beevers, Diamond Tooth Lil—the names alone promised excitement and intrigue.
In fact, these madams led complex, turbulent lives. Meet Maggie Hall, a devout Catholic whose husband used her to pay off his gambling debts. Working as a prostitute, Maggie made her way west and, as Molly B’Damn, became the guardian angel of an Idaho mining camp. Or Annie McIntyre, a young girl among the prospectors and ne’er do wells of Rocky Bar who amassed a small fortune as the local madam only to lose it all—along with both her legs.
“”Idaho Madams” is a triumph of historical storytelling. Milana Marsenich has masterfully woven tales that are at once poignant, enlightening, and deeply human. For those who believe that history is not just about events but the people who shape them, this book is an essential read. Whether you’re drawn to the allure of the Wild West, intrigued by the challenges faced by women of the past, or simply in search of a beautifully written book, “Idaho Madams” promises to be a memorable journey.”
- Publisher : Farcountry Press (March 8, 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 156037750X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1560377504
- Item Weight : 7.1 ounces