Nellie K. Spencer was an early-day prostitute and also a survivor. From her childhood to her senior years, she persevered against odds that might have sunk a less determined individual. Her story is that of an indomitable woman who thrived and prospered in the world of prostitution during the waning years of the "Old West," through the "Roaring Twenties," and into the World War II era. Interviewed in the early 1980s by author Duane A. Smith when she was in her nineties, Nellie proudly tells an amazing story of her days "on the line" with no hint of regret. Nellie died March 26, 1984, just ten months after her last interview, and is buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Durango, Colorado. In addition to the insight provided by what was possibly Western Colorado's last "Old West" prostitute, this book also includes information about and maps that feature some of the state's infamous red light districts of "the day."
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About the Author
Duane Smith, a professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, is the author of numerous books on Colorado history, including San Juan Gold, A Visit with the Tomboy Bride, Crested Butte from Coal Camp to Ski Town, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge: A Quick History, A Brief History of Silverton, Rocky Mountain Mining Camps, and The Irrepressible David F. Day. All are available from Western Reflections Publishing.