Colorado Madams

by Michael Rutter

  • In 1858, prospectors discovered gold where Cherry Creek meets the South Platte River (today’s downtown Denver), sparking a gold rush that drew more than 100,000 fortune seekers to the territory. Among them were enterprising women seeking their own motherlode—riches dug straight from the pockets of miners, merchants, railroad workers, and any other men with money to burn.

    Forget your stodgy high school American history class. The madams of early Colorado were more complex— and far more brazen—than conventional western lore might lead you to believe. In Colorado Madams, Meet Ada Lamont, a preacher’s widow turned prostitute, perhaps the first woman to advertise her wares on Cherry Creek. And Verona Baldwin, scandalized by one of the wealthiest men in California, only to turn her shame into fame as the owner of the most exclusive parlor house in Denver. Here too is Laura Evens, who once attended a costume ball dressed as a nun, and Trinidad’s savvy Mae Phelps, a leader in offering health care to working girls and a founder of a rest home for retired prostitutes.

    As told by author Michael Rutter, the stories of these women come alive with voluptuous detail, authentic photographs, and historical context. Make yourself comfortable and enter the seductive world of Colorado Madams.

224 pages, 6 x 9, Perfect Bound

ISBN 10: 1-56037-773-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-773-3


    - Includes 11 featured madams, plus 5 more profiles.

    - Features authentic photographs, and historical context.





Colorado Madams

Michael Rutter has authored or co-authored 40 books and textbooks and written over 700 articles for magazines, journals, and newspapers. His most recent publications include Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West, Bedside Book of Bad Girls: Outlaw Women of the American West, Wild Bunch Women, and Outlaw Tales of Utah. Michael is a passionate historian and a devoted outdoorsman. He is also an award-winning author, having won the Ben Franklin Award for Outdoor Writing and also the Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Award.

In the summer, he travels extensively around the Western United States doing research. In the winter, he teaches advanced writing at Brigham Young University.

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