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Victor in Teller County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Bawdy Side of Town

South Third Street

 
 
The Bawdy Side of Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
1. The Bawdy Side of Town Marker
Inscription. Fortune Club
The Fortune Club was a famous gambling house and saloon and it was reported to also be home to one of the areaís most talked about Red Light Social Clubs with rooms for rent on the second floor – later the Fortune Club Hotel/B&B.

Harry Land built the Fortune Club in 1899 with financial assistance from Adolph Coors. The club continued in operation until 1916 when prohibition came to Colorado and Harry Lang disappeared from Victor.

Notice the painted advertisement on the east side of the building. Below, at sidewalk level, are openings for rolling kegs of beer into the basement.

Union Theater/Isis Theater
A few doors south on 3rd Street is the Isis Theater, the last surviving original theater in the entire Gold Camp. The ticket booth, stage, screen, projection equipment, and theater seats are still largely intact.

As early as 1896, Frank Monroe managed the infamous Union Theater on the west side of south 3rd Street. It is not clear whether the Union was on the present site of the Isis, but soon after 1899, this became a popular location for a theater – except for a brief period from 1902-03 when it was the Union Steam Laundry. In 1904-05 the building once again became an amusement hall called the Crystal Theater under the management of S.M. Burtis.
The east side of South 3rd Street image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
2. The east side of South 3rd Street
In 1907, Lowell Marvin and A.A. Shell renamed it the Grand Theater where vaudeville acts and other sorts of live entertainment preformed. In 1912-13, it was called the Ideal Theater, a hall for silent movies and other dalliances. Since the 1920ís it has been known as the Isis Theater and has operated under that name even after it became an antiques and movie memorabilia shop in the 1980s.

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Among the Fortune Club Ladies were:
Hattie May Jordan, the madam. Above, Room 10.
Violet Long, who later opened a cafe in Cripple Creek. Upper Right, Room 6
Cleo and Hattie Fay, who were eventually run out of town, as their burlesque act was “so indecent as to shock the hardened men of the infamous Union Theater”. Right, Rooms 3 & 4.
Chicago Rose, who is buried in Victorís Sunnyside Cemetery. Lower Right. Room 6
Red Stocking Lee, who went on to open the famous Kansas City Red Stocking Lee Saloon after she was given a one-way ticket there in 1903 after having an affair with Victorís mayor, Harry Clayton. Lower Left. Room 9.
Goldfield Lil, who came to Victor from Goldfield Nevada and was killed in a brawl at the Senate Bar. Left, Room 8.
Hazel Vernon Wright, who played the piano in the Fortune Club Saloon when
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3. The Fortune Club
she wasnít busy in Room 7. Upper Left.
 
Erected by The Gold Belt Tour.
 
Location. 38° 42.614′ N, 105° 8.412′ W. Marker is in Victor, Colorado, in Teller County. Marker is at the intersection of North 3rd Street and Victor Avenue on North 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 North 3rd Street, Victor CO 80860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fire! (a few steps from this marker); Lowell Thomasís Victor (a few steps from this marker); North 3rd Street (within shouting distance of this marker); East Victor Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); North 4th Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Labor Wars (about 300 feet away); Welcome to Victor Colorado (about 600 feet away); Victor City Hall (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victor.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photo of the Fortune Club and on the lower right is a sketch of the Union/Isis Theater. Photos courtesy of Wayne “Mac” McCormick, Isis Theater, ZStudios.
 
Also see . . .  The Gold Belt Tour. The Gold Belt Tour is a Colorado
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
4. The Fortune Club
Scenic and Historic Byway and a National Scenic Byway. (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. gold camps, prostitution, saloons, theaters
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
The Fortune Club image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
5. The Fortune Club
The Ladies of the Fortune Club (detail from the marker) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
6. The Ladies of the Fortune Club (detail from the marker)
The west side of South 3rd Street image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
7. The west side of South 3rd Street
The Isis Theater image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
8. The Isis Theater
The Isis Theater image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
9. The Isis Theater
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 712 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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