“a reminder of Wallace's colorful past”
Idaho's Oasis Bordello Museum was a Wallace community "cat house" until it shut its doors in January 1988. The night before a police raid, Madame Ginger and her girls picked-up and disappeared into the night, leaving behind everything, and never being heard from again. In 1993, local entrepreneurs Jack and Michelle Mayfield bought the building, and preserved it exactly as it was the day the girls disappeared so that guests could step back in time to that fateful night. During the Oasis' heyday, it was one of the most notoriously visited cat houses in the area, with a 200 to 1 man to woman ratio. The girls would work 12-hour shifts for two weeks straight, and on a good weekend, make upwards of $2,000 from 35 to 40 clients a night. Before the Mayfield's renovations were completed by the new owners, one of the last jobs was to paint over the wall in the kitchen, a wall which was completely covered from floor to ceiling in client phone numbers. The original signs are still hanging on the walls showcasing the original client costs. $15 for an 8 minute straight, $30 for 15 minutes, and $25 for a half and half… Today, guests enter through the same triple dead-bolted door that clients did all those years ago, only today mannequins take the place of the ladies. Everything is still where it stood when the girls left in a hurry — like an 80's time-capsule. All 10 rooms are open to self-guided tours, each decorated with the furniture, toiletries, and clothing left behind in the dead of night. The museum is open seven days a week to anyone interested in seeing inside a historical time-capsule from the sex trade era, and admission is only $5. When you think about it, that's the least amount of money the Oasis ever charged a client. - Roadtrippers
The Oasis Bordello Museum was an active brothel for over 100 years and abandoned during a federal raid in 1988 and left exactly how it was when abandoned. The tour guide was matter of fact and honest about the lives of the women that worked there. It is a great tour to learn the otherside of the mining history! Oasis Bordello Museum, Wallace, Idaho
Was SO bummed that I did not get to go here. Stopped by for a tour on my way through town on April 29th, only to find out that they don't open for the season until May 1st. Dang it!
The Oasis was an actual brothel and is also rumored to be haunted! People say you can hear the sound of women talking in rooms that are completely empty and often times people also smell pipe smoke or perfume.
Wished we could give this 10 stars! A time capsule treasure. Do yourself a favor and plan an overnight in Wallace. So much to see and the bordello ranks high on the list!
This was a fun little tour with lots of education about the oldest profession.
Very unique museum. Those who already visited it will get it. hhehe
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