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Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse
     

Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse

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by Jayme Lynn Blaschke
 

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Thanks to the classic Dolly Parton film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and ZZ Top’s ode “La Grange,” many people think they know the story of the infamous Chicken Ranch. The reality is more complex, lying somewhere between heartbreaking and absurd. For more than a century, dirt farmers and big-cigar politicians alike rubbed shoulders at the

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Thanks to the classic Dolly Parton film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and ZZ Top’s ode “La Grange,” many people think they know the story of the infamous Chicken Ranch. The reality is more complex, lying somewhere between heartbreaking and absurd. For more than a century, dirt farmers and big-cigar politicians alike rubbed shoulders at the Chicken Ranch, operated openly under the sheriff’s watchful eye. Madam Edna Milton and her girls ran a tight, discreet ship that the God-fearing people of La Grange tolerated if not outright embraced. That is, until a secret conspiracy enlisted an opportunistic reporter to bring it all crashing down on primetime television. Through exclusive interviews with Milton, former government officials and reporters, Jayme Lynn Blaschke delivers a fascinating, revelatory view of the Ranch that illuminates the truth and lies that surround this iconic brothel.

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"Jayme Lynn Blaschke writes [an] action-packed history of the brothel that inspired the Broadway play and film “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and the ZZ Top hit “La Grange.”" The New York Post

"Blaschke's book, to be released on the 43rd anniversary of the closing of the brothel, looks to set the record straight about the famed whorehouse, which was the inspiration of a Broadway musical and film, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."" My San Antonio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439657041
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
08/01/2016
Series:
Landmarks
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
248,331
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Jayme Blaschke grew up less than twenty miles from the former Chicken Ranch and heard stories about it his entire life. He was the only person to conduct extensive interviews with former Madam Edna Milton Chadwell prior to her death in 2012. Mr. Blaschke’s fiction and nonfiction writing appears in Electric Velocipede, Cross Plains Universe, San Marcos Mercury and more. He earned his BA in journalism at Texas A&M University and studied fine art photography at Texas State University.

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Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Wonderful read. I am really looking forward to reading more from this author.
book-babe-311 More than 1 year ago
I was born in La Grange many years after the closing of the chicken ranch, 1980 to be specific; however growing up I still heard many different stories about it from locals who claimed to have visited it personally and from other sources, but you couldn't fully be sure if they were telling you the truth or embellishing it to make the stories more interesting. When I heard about this book curiosity had me wanting to read it and I wasn't disappointed! Jayme Blaschke really researched this so well. Some stuff in the book I had already heard about but there was many surprising things I learned, not only on the chicken ranch itself but the history around Fayette County in its early years and it's many fascinating citizens. The pictures throughout the book was a added bonus and interesting as well. When I think of my hometown I don't really want to think of it as being remembered only for the chicken ranch but it was very much a big part of it's history so to me to have history documented well is a way to learn about the past and to be able to share that past with the future. Great job Jayme Blaschke! Well written!