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Owner Of Butte's Last Brothel Dies

The woman who ran the last brothel in Butte when it closed in 1982 has died at the age of 94. Ruby Garrett died March 17 at Crest Nursing Home in Butte. Garrett lived a colorful life that included a six-month prison term for tax evasion and an acquittal by a jury on charges that she shot and killed her husband in June 1959 while he was playing cards at a Butte bar. She owned and ran the Dumas Brothel for years until 1982, when her federal tax evasion conviction forced Garrett to close it. But people who knew Garrett in her later years recalled a kind woman who looked out for the women who worked in the brothel and was involved in the community/Nick Gevock, Butte Standard. More here. (AP/Butte Standard photo, of Ruby Garrett)

Question: Anyone remember the brothels in Wallace? (I won't ask whether or not you remember them fondly)




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