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Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Miss Laura's

 
 
Miss Laura's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
1. Miss Laura's Marker
Inscription.
This property
has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior

Arkansas
Historic Preservation
Program

Department of Arkansas Heritage

 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Dept. of Arkansas Heritage.
 
Location. 35° 23.522′ N, 94° 25.744′ W. Marker is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sebastian County. Marker is on North “B” Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 North “B” Street, Fort Smith AR 72901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Commissary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Parade Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Guardhouse, 1849-1871 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bastion That Never Was (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Women’s Jail, 1872-1888 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Flagstaff (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Smith.
 
Also see . . .
Miss Laura's Marker to the left of the main door. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
2. Miss Laura's Marker to the left of the main door.
 Miss Laura's Social Club. “The former Miss Laura’s Social Club, a house of prostitution, serves as a unique visitor center for Fort Smith (Sebastian County) and is a reminder of the town’s rich history. Located at 123 First Street, it is the only bordello listed on the National Register of Historic Places.” (Submitted on July 28, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Miss Laura's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
3. Miss Laura's Marker
Miss Laura's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
4. Miss Laura's Marker
Abandon 1963 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
5. Abandon 1963
It was left to Jules Bartholemy after Big Bertha's Death in 1948.
Big Bertha image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
6. Big Bertha
Miss Laura Ziegler sold the house to Bertha Gale Dean known as “Big Bertha” in 1911 for $47,000. She ran it as a boarding establishment so the story goes.
Clever Currency Offers Unique Exchange Rate. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
7. Clever Currency Offers Unique Exchange Rate.
Always keeping her keen business eye open, Miss Laura probably perpetuated a traditional custom of turn of the century brothels. Legend has it that Miss Laura gave her better, more frequent customers special favor tokens which they could later redeem with the girls. The ladies of the house sometimes tapped tokens on their bedrooms windows to attract the attention of customers outside.
Miss Laura's image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
8. Miss Laura's
Miss Laura's image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
9. Miss Laura's
Miss Laura's beautiful stain glass window image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
10. Miss Laura's beautiful stain glass window
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 91,232 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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