This has been a busy week since Much Ado About Madams had a couple of free days on Amazon, and is now only 99¢.
This book is about six soiled doves, a suffragist, and a brothel owner. It's all in good fun wrapped up in a heartwarming romance. But what about the real calico queens of the Old West?
Generally, the first women to populate a new boomtown, ranching settlement, or near a military installation were the ladies of ill-fame. With a taste for adventure, these ladies showed just as much bravery and derring-do as the miners and cattlemen who forged the new country.
Several sites have good information including:
Soiled Doves: Jan Koski's American Old West, Notorious History and More
Painted Ladies of the Old West: Old West Legends
And here's a video with pictures of sportin' women. Um, some of them have quite a bit bigger hairdos than wardrobes. Yes, some are nekkid. You have been warned.
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