Old West Saloon
TEXAS~In 1886, soiled dove Bessie Colvin (shown) left Alice Abbott’s house of prostitution in El Paso, Texas, to go work for Etta Clark. After following her to Clark’s place across the street, Abbott punched the madam in the face. The angry Clark returned with a gun and shot Abbott in the groin. El Pasoans sided with Clark, perhaps because the tiny woman shooting the 200-pound Abbott caused some to chuckle; on May 12, a jury found Clark not guilty on grounds of self-defense.
Old West Brothel - California ‘49ers labeled these women "ladies of the line” & "sporting women", while cowboys dubbed them "soiled doves.” Among the many trails of Kansas, common terms included "daughters of sin”, "fallen frails,” "doves of the roost,” & "nymphs du prairie.” Other nicknames for these women, who were as much a part of the Old West as were outlaws, cowboys & miners, were "scarlet ladies,” fallen angels,” "frail sisters,” "fair belles,” & "painted cats,” among dozens of others.