Soiled doves

‘Soiled doves’ was one of the more commonly used names for prostitutes in the Old West although there were plenty of others: ladies of the line, sporting women, daughters of sin, etc. They seem to have shared the term ‘painted lady’ with saloon girls who belonged to an altogether different class. Prostitutes were often the… Read More

Washing the trail dust away

In a Watering Trough as saloons were sometimes known, men went to drink. There was a fair amount of bravado involved in drinking practices and what they drank wasn’t always very palatable. Whiskey was the main tipple, in various forms. It was generically known as Firewater, the Spanish equivalent being ‘aguardiente’ (literally ‘burning water’). The… Read More