The Bawdy House Girls by Alton Pryor

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Many of the women in bordellos were there because they had few options, they had to make a living and this was the readily available means on the western frontier. In the west, the bawdy house girl filled an obvious need or they would not have survived as long as they did. Many did go on to marry prospectors, cowboys, or even doctors and lawyers and set their lives straight. For some, however, it was the kind of life they wanted and wouldn't do anything else.

About Alton Pryor

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Meet the Author Alton Pryor has published fifty-plus books since turning 70 in 1997-many of them about California's past and the colorful characters who rode our trails to fame or infamy. To date he has sold more than 180,000-plus copies of his first book, "Little Known Tales in California History," and has done respectably well with most of his other titles. But until fate derailed his 33-year journalism career, he never aspired to write a book, and certainly never anticipated he would come to be regarded as "Mr. Self-Publishing" by his peers in the Sacramento area. "I would have liked living in the Old West," he says. "I wanted, at one time, to be a really good cowboy. I had horses as a young man and even took a raw colt and trained it to work cattle." But, by the time Pryor was born on March 19, 1927, the era of gunslingers and gold miners was over, and he started life, instead, on his family's farm outside of King City in the Salinas Valley. He was terminated after writing for 27 years for a magazine. The magazine was sold to a midwest firm. Pryor turned to writing books and says now, "I wish I had been fired 20 years earlier.
Published March 17, 2011 by Stagecoach Publishing. 184 pages
Genres: History.

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