Workers from all over the world flooded Eureka, Nevada, in the 1870s.
They came together in the unique way a mining town formed, with representation from a broad spectrum of trades and professions. There were miners and coal burners, woodchoppers, rag pickers, saloon owners, brewers, two newspaper editors, one printer’s devil, professional gamblers, physicians aplenty, an undertaker, a Catholic priest, a Protestant minister, and a multitude of prostitutes.
Prostitution in the Old West had a loose racial hierarchy. Scholars of the sex trade noted that the most desirable prostitutes were French, followed by all other whites, Mexicans, Native Americans, African-Americans, and, last of all, Chinese. (more…)