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Dolly's House

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 13 April 2016 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Dolly Arthur left her family home in rural Idaho at age 13, living in Montana and Vancouver British Columbia before making her way to Alaska. By her late teens she realized she could make more money from the attention of men than she could working as a waitress. In 1919, she wound up in Alaska, having discovered a way she could make a significant amount of money for that era. Dolly spent her first year in Ketchikan at the Star, the only house on Creek Street actually classified as a brothel because it employed more than two women. Then she bought her own house.

At a time when the average Ketchikan worker made $1 a day, Dolly charged each man $3 and didn’t close her door for the night until she had made $75. She bought her house for $800 and paid it off in two weeks. Eventually she bought other houses along Creek Street, which she rented to other working girls. They referred to themselves as “sporting women” rather than whores, and prospered in a town with many single men and few women. Though most Creek Street residents worked in pairs, Dolly worked alone in her own house. Through all her working years, she never got an STD.

Photo captured September 17, 2015.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/4.0 ISO 400 31 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Une belle histoire !

13 Apr 2016 6:06am

Dany from Morillon, France

An interesting explanation on the story of Dolly.
The house looks very well maintained.

13 Apr 2016 6:28am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot, interesting story :)

13 Apr 2016 7:15am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A success story/storey of a different kind !

13 Apr 2016 7:38am

BiLL from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

A very interesting story! I'm sorry I missed this historic area when I visited Ketchikan a couple of years ago.

13 Apr 2016 7:43am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle photo et merci à toi pour les explications!!!

13 Apr 2016 8:27am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot of this Dolly's house. And interesting story. :)

13 Apr 2016 9:01am

franz from Baden, Austria

what a remarkable career that you describe here! and i see the 'red lantern' so typical of that kind of establishment has been replaced by red flower boxes ... ;-)

13 Apr 2016 9:07am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The true entrepreneurial spirit. Nicely composed and would that be a sporting woman in the doorway? :)

13 Apr 2016 9:21am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, colors & textures!
Lovely house!

13 Apr 2016 9:25am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Interesting architecture.:-)

13 Apr 2016 9:57am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition .

13 Apr 2016 10:24am

roland theys from Loverval, Belgium

Lovely colors house!

13 Apr 2016 10:31am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Good shot of this place with a interesting history behind.

13 Apr 2016 2:03pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Her house is very attractive and get lifestyle amazing.

13 Apr 2016 3:06pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

It does have an inviting look from this point of view

13 Apr 2016 5:20pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A good story accompanied by an excellent image. I like the house Dolly!

13 Apr 2016 6:32pm

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Ah, and there is the aforementioned Dolly. I immediately thought of the movie, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

13 Apr 2016 6:58pm

Yvon from Belgium

Thank you for the story.
Very nice shot.
Have a good night, Steven.

13 Apr 2016 7:22pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

A very attractive house with beautiful colors!

13 Apr 2016 7:26pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Dolly's ghost seems to be waiting for gentleman callers even now. Dolly made a go of it in a tough mining town. I think she was not to be underestimated. I enjoy the photo and great backstory.

13 Apr 2016 8:43pm

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Interesting capture. Well done.

13 Apr 2016 9:35pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very nice picture and I really liked reading the information. Hmmm, I need to pay my house off :-)

13 Apr 2016 9:45pm

Alun from Elton, United Kingdom

Lovely looking house, great story

13 Apr 2016 9:51pm

James from Central Florida, United States

The world's oldest profession ... outlawed now but still profitable.

14 Apr 2016 1:21am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Seems like Dolly was a very good business woman. A wonderful image and great history!

14 Apr 2016 1:50am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

fine story, nice photo

14 Apr 2016 2:31am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I remember this from our trip. Cool memory!

* You were the only one who "got it" yesterday on my longhorn shot and the heart. ;-)

14 Apr 2016 2:35am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Sur le pont de bois avec la barrière quelle vue ce blanc et rouge la personne superbe.

14 Apr 2016 3:54am

L'angevine from Angers, France


14 Apr 2016 7:43am