July 31, 2020

Dumas Brothel - Evel's First Stunt?

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Dumas Brothel, Butte, Montana

© J Craig Photos. Dumas Brothel, Butte, Montana

Open from 1890 until 1982, the Dumas Brothel was the longest-running brothel in the United States. It stands in what was the two-block Red Light District in Butte, Montana.

Reportedly, it is here that Evel Knievel performed his first stunt when he fell over the upstairs balcony, dusted himself off, and continued about his business. True story? You decide.

With a little imagination, we can see the women hanging out of the windows in various states of dress, or undress as the case may be. It is said that the higher up in the three-story building, the better the "service".

When the first owner to use the property as an attraction, Rudy Giecek, first entered the property he found numerous things that the girls left; some of which are still there. ie. sexy clothing, lipstick, cigarette tins, hair accessories. That's the G-rated list.

Tunnels in the basement leading to and from the mines are being uncovered, one rumored to connect the courthouse to the Dumas. In 1942-43, in an effort to prevent young servicemen from contracting (and spreading) disease, the tunnels were sealed. They were sealed quickly, things were left as they were, so it may prove interesting if/when they get reopened.

There is a history of deaths in the Dumas, questionable deaths. And like any good brothel, spirits lurk on all three stories. Intelligible voices, strong perfume scents, and laughter are a few things people have reported to have experienced when in the brothel.

Small group tours are usually available but have been halted since Covid19 made its appearance. I would love to re-visit and take a look inside. It's old, has original things in it, has great stories, and ghosts. What's not to love about this place?