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The Dalles in Wasco County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Seeing Red

"Places of Negotiable Affection"

 
 
Seeing Red Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
1. Seeing Red Marker
Caption: (bottom left) Fort Dalles Floozies and Friends are volunteers dedicated to providing a living history of our community's past, enjoyment and laugher for all. -- Information Madame Mary
Inscription.  
You're looking at one of The Dalles' "Places of Negotiable Affection."

By foot, wagon canoe and horseback, "civilization" took root, and with it the need for certain services - lumber, horses, foodstuffs - and of course, the comfort of "ladies of negotiable affection."
Many such ladies were housed in local watering holes until prohibition changed the way business was conducted. Then the word was:
"Knock twice and tell'em Joe sent you!"
The tale of the sisterhood can never be told in its entirety. The ladies traveled lightly, often preferring to leave their true identities and pasts behind them. These Places of Negotiable Affection were to please customers, not historians.

Red dots in second-story windows mark the sites of former houses:

Hot Off the Presses: The Gates Hotel is now Bohn's Printing, 308 Union Street.
From Saloon to Ladies Wear and Fine Wine: The Palm Garden/Lemke Building is now Lines of Design, 110 E. 2nd St.
Looking Good from Stem to Stern: The Commodore Hotel, 312 Court Street.
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Floozies to Flowers: The Oak Hotel is now Sigman's Flowers, 200 E. 2nd Street.
Ready to Ride: From saloon to saddlery and back again, Baldwin Saloon, 205 Court St.
Secrets Deposited Here: The Bank/Albert Hotel is now the Vault, 209 E. 2nd St.
Cleanest House in Town: Washington Hotel-Model Laundry, 1st and Washington streets.
Spicy Ladies to Spicy Enchiladas: The Honald Building featuring La Cabana, 400 W. 2nd St.
A Hot Time in the Old Town: Skibbe Tourist Hotel to Maupin Stoves and Spas, 624 E. 2nd St.
 
Erected by Fort Dalles Floozies and Friends.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment.
 
Location. 45° 36.087′ N, 121° 10.914′ W. Marker is in The Dalles, Oregon, in Wasco County. Marker is at the intersection of East 2nd Street and Washington Street, on the right when traveling west on East 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 221 East 2nd Street, The Dalles OR 97058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Granada Theater (a few steps from this marker); The Pioneer Building (a few steps from this marker); French and Company Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Maier Building (within shouting distance of this
Seeing Red Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
2. Seeing Red Marker
marker); Wingate & Williams Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Nickelsen Bookstore (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinatown - The Dalles (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oaks Hotel (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The Dalles.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the Granada Theater's old ticket booth.
 
Regarding Seeing Red. Many of the "Red Dots" have faded to pink or white, but they still identify the "Places of Negotiable Affection."
 
200 E. 2nd Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
3. 200 E. 2nd Street
205 Court Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
4. 205 Court Street
624 E. 2nd Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
5. 624 E. 2nd Street
110 E. 2nd Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
6. 110 E. 2nd Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 30, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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