Ouray's Red Light District

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Migration into regions can create a struggle for finding new or even familiar foods making the creation of palatable foods difficult. Therefore, many Americans brought bulk foods with them in their quest for Western expansion. Some of the staple items during this period could have consisted of salted meats, beans, flour, and any other items that would have the ability to keep without spoiling. We can only imagine how such meals would have tasted, especially after eating the same meal for days at a time. However, one way to create appealing and appetizing food is through the use of condiments, along with the fact that canning jars help people store foods for lengthier periods.
Creating enjoyable edible meals would have been an ongoing issue
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Analysis of the debris distribution will offer up an interpretation of whether these goods were coming from the area around the restaurant, the cribs, or from the dancehall and bars. This pattern may indicate who was consuming the condiments and utilizing canning jars in the district. By studying who the manufacturers were could also tell us what types of foods people were consuming. It is always difficult to be certain of how past societies lived, even when looking at historical items. However, this research into condiment usage and canning jars could offer up a better understanding of how the people who worked in Ouray’s Red Light District satiated their…show more content…
Ouray’s Red Light District reached its peak between the 1880s and 1890s. During this period, the district incorporated three city blocks, and included brothels, gambling dens, and dancehalls. During their heyday, approximately over 100 girls were working as prostitutes (Gensmer, 2012:20-21; Gregory, 1982:4-5; Horobik, 2011:19; Smith, 2003:55-56). However, by 1916 America’s Temperance movement had spread to Colorado. At this time, the state passed a prohibition law closing all saloons. Even though illegal places may have existed, the golden days of Ouray’s Red Light Districts had passed (Gensmer, 2012:22-23; Horobik, 2011:20; Smith, 2003:86).
John and Domenick Vanoli were two main contributors to Ouray’s Red Light District. These Italian immigrant brothers and their descendants owned and operated almost all of Block 8 in the district (Figure 2). Their properties grew to include various cribs (areas used by prostitutes), the 220 Boarding House, the Gold Belt Theater with its dance hall and attached cribs, the Roma Saloon, and a possible restaurant (Gensmer, 2012:23; Gregory, 1982; Horobik, 2011:20-23; Meador, 2010:54; Wommack,
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