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Prostitution: A Deadwood Institution
In remote parts of the American West, it was not uncommon for men to outnumber women 200 to1. So when "sporting girls" came to Deadwood by wagon train in 1876, along with two infamous madams, Madam Mustachio and Madam Dirty Em, prostitution began its long history in the city. Dance halls, gambling establishments, saloons and brothels sprang up. They were quickly constructed on both sides of lower Main Street and included the Melodeon, Bella Union, Bodega and Gem Theatre.
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