Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Chicken Ranch report no. 37: GHOSTS walk among us

I am happy to announce that Ghosts of the Chicken Ranch is now available for purchase! A companion volume to my yet-to-be-published epic history of the infamous Chicken Ranch brothel of La Grange, Texas, Ghosts of the Chicken Ranch takes readers on a visual tour of the historic ruins, touches on some history, dispels a few prevalent rumors and generally gives this well-known but often misunderstood and chronically neglected Texas historical site its due.

August 1, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Chicken Ranch's closure by Fayette County Sheriff J.T. "Jim" Flournoy, following a call from Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe. A week-long series of exposés by Houston consumer affairs reporter Marvin Zindler of KTRK Channel 13 stoked the flames that led to the closure. In light of the historical significance of those long ago events in the summer of 1973, I felt it important that the occasion be marked somehow, and thus this book was born.

Feel free to pass this along to anyone who has ever expressed an interest in Texas history, watched The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas or happens to like good photography of ruined buildings. Ghosts of the Chicken Ranch makes good wedding, anniversary, birthday, Valentine's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Christmas gifts, but that pretty much goes without saying.

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