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The permanent closure of the Chicken Ranch on August 1, 1973, made international headlines. The legendary brothel—reputed to have maintained continuous business for 144 years—seemed invincible until that fateful day. But if the brothel’s opponents had hoped the story would end there, they were surely disappointed. Immortalized by a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and subsequent motion picture, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" grew in fame and notoriety even as time and neglect took a toll on the original building. Decades passed, and rumors spread even as memory faded. The Chicken Ranch had moved to Dallas and became a restaurant, some recalled. No, it had burned to the ground, others said. They tore it down long ago, argued another. No matter the story, one thing remained consistent: There was nothing left to see.
Now, on the 40th anniversary of the Chicken Ranch’s closure, GHOSTS OF THE CHICKEN RANCH takes readers on a photographic tour of the brothel’s ruins and shows that “nothing left to see” is not entirely true...
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Jayme Lynn Blaschke is the author of INSIDE THE TEXAS CHICKEN RANCH: THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE, out August 1 from the History Press. He is also author of VOICES OF VISION: CREATORS OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY SPEAK from the University of Nebraska Press as well as numerous interviews, articles and short stories. He is a journalism graduate of Texas A&M University. Lisa Elliott Blaschke is the owner of Lisa On Location Photography in New Braunfels, Texas. She studied photojournalism at Texas A&M University in the early ’90s while earning her bachelor’s in journalism. She has worked on daily newspapers as a reporter, editor and photojournalist. She is a member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, Professional Photographers of America and earned her Certified Professional Photographer designation in 2011. She maintains her professional website at www.LisaOnLocation.com