Step beyond the threshold of Miss Laura’s leaded-glass door and into a rare world of opulence offering “comfort” to gentlemen from every walk of life. They are all there-railroad workers, cattle wranglers, the lonely traveler, as well as the upper echelon of Fort Smith’s post-Victorian society. The off-key tones of a player piano cut through the air, thick with cigar smoke, while champagne iced in a bathtub flows freely. The men, with token in hand, anxiously await their turn to ascend the grand staircase with one of Miss Laura’s enticing “inmates”.
Allow us to introduce you to the human-and often tragic-side of this drama, beyond the polished brass, crystal chandeliers, and the oriental carpets that adorn the parlor. Let us go beyond the caricatures and the Hollywood stereotypes and learn about the real life and times of the forgotten girls that made Miss Laura’s Bordello a legacy.