Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Gold Piece For A Piece...

Captain william Moore, the founder of Skagway, AK, cut the planks for the Red Onion Saloon. This Saloon was actually a whorehouse, or for all you P.C. people, a bordello aka brothel. The Red Onion was finished in 1897 and opened in 1989


If you wanted your thirst quenched by alcohol, you stayed on the first floor. However, If you had more of a sexual thirst, then you would need to head, no pun intended, to the second floor. There wasn't much room however, for the cubicles or cribs as they called them, were only 10' X 10'. In these cubicles, there were three exits. One that led to the hallway, and the other two lead into the cubicles that were attached. To make it easy for payment, there was a hole in the floor that had a copper tube which lead to the cash register on the first floor. The cubicles were not sound proof by any means, and the girls would decorate the walls with cloth and wallpaper.


Now days, no one occupies the second floor of the saloon, well no one alive any way. Reports have been made about footsteps being hard on the second floor, and footsteps going up the staircase to the second floor. Cops have been called with reports of banging and stomping going on upstairs, only to show up and find nothing. On one call, however, the cops went upstairs to find a dark shadow figure. The figure walked down the call and then went into one of the rooms. When the cops went in the room after the shadow, nothing was there.

The second floor also has reports of the scent of very strong ladies perfume, cold spots and a female aparition watering the plants that are up there.

The Red Saloon is now a bar and restaurant. The second floor consists of an office, a Madame's room, some dressing rooms and a bedroom. If, for some reason, a guy wants to stay the night upstairs, the spirits of the chicks that turned tricks, may not be so happy that they are there.

~*Madame's Bedroom*~

8 comments:

Simple Dude said...

I really love all these posts - you're such an educator! I don't always comment because my commenting style usually is of the smart ass variety. And I'm genuinely interested and look forward to your posts, so I can't slob 'em up with smart ass stuff. Even the lady friend loves reading your blog and she's not really into the blogoverse thing. Keep it up!

SD
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The Adorkable Ditz said...

OMG I was actually there in July! Now I didn't go in because my parents didn't want to pay for more food that we had on the ship, but that place is crawling with jewelry stores now. They have girls dressed as whores as waitresses and the stories my friends had from that place is hilarious!

I'm definitely going back there someday!

Did you know in Juneau grand theft auto is a misdemeanor unless you take it to a port? You know why? Because the only way in and out of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchican is by plane or boat. About 1 in every 60 Alaskans have their pilots license.

http://theadorkableditzmissteps.blogspot.com/

JeffScape said...

Not a bordello... the PC term is brothel. Heh.

BeMistified said...

SD: Awwww thanks :) Smart ass comments are always welcome :D Thanks lady friend too!

TAD: Let me know how it is when you do go back. Had no idea on the information about AK, thanks for the info! :D

Jeff: Um yeah that's what it says... :D

Murphyfish said...

Hi BM,
Apologies for the lack of comments upon your recent posts but I have enjoyed each and every one and find that they have been a real insight to history on your side of the pond. Keep up the good work me dear.
Regards,
John

Just Plain Tired said...

As usual, an interesting tidbit of history. I always leave this blog smarter than when I cam in. :)

forestwalk/laura k said...

so, stomping...footsteps...can be heard coming from upstairs...the scent of women's perfume...
but what about loud moaning?!!

i wonder if their spirits emit a warm rush of air rather than cold...

cool stuff!!

Nicole said...

weird!