Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Chicken Ranch report no. 35: EXPEDITION TEXAS

Have you ever wondered what the Chicken Ranch looks like today? Have you been confused by rumors that the infamous brothel burned down, or the building was moved to Dallas? Have you gone onto YouTube looking for some kind of video footage but been put off by awful, shaky cell phone video and yokels babbling on about how they think the Chicken Ranch might've hosted dog fighting (hint: it didn't)? Then you'll like this.

As I mentioned last week, I met up with Bob Mauldin of Expedition Texas and the current owner of the Chicken Ranch property to take a tour of the infamous brothel's ruins. Not many people realize it yet, but 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Chicken Ranch's closure by Houston television personality Marvin Zindler. Miss Edna Milton departed La Grange not long after, and the intervening years were not kind to the old farmhouse. A series of subsequent owners worried more about profiting from the property's notoriety than historical preservation, and the result is... well, you can see in the videos below.

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  1. Anonymous2:54 AM

    Wish I could have made that tour of the Ranch with you... just as a trip down memory lane. Good job, Jaime. Miss Edna would have been proud of you.


  2. We're giving it our best effort, Robert!