An illegal mining town brothel up until 1988, the Oasis Bordello Museum is now a time machine where you can step into the past and view the world through the eyes of a working girl. Owners keep the doors open to invite visitors inside an undeniable part of Wallace, Idaho's rich and complex mining history.
"Each girl saw an average of 40 customers a night," Linda Hornbuckle, a tour guide at the Oasis Bordello Museum, said.
Wallace, located in Shoshone County, is part of the Silver Valley mining district. The district produced more silver than any other mining district in the United States.
Hornbuckle says, as an active mining community during the turn of the century, men outnumbered women 200 to one.
A woman known as "Madam Ginger" ran the Oasis until it closed.
"Ginger told us herself that most of the customers were out of here in five to eight minutes," Hornbuckle said.
A price list or "menu" is displayed in Ginger's room at the Oasis. Eight minutes "Straight, No Frills" with one of Ginger's girls cost fifteen dollars in 1988.