USA: Below Stairs on the Bordello Trail at the Occidental Hotel

For the best place in the west to lay your head book a couple of nights in the historic Occidental Hotel where rooms reflect another era, where antiques and adornments from a period long lost in time furnish every room.

AUTHOR: Shane Boocock ©2013

In June, Mark and I on our annual RV (American Campervan) writers trip in the States spent the night at the Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming. With all the famously named rooms booked out we slept in the infamous bordello rooms at the base of the backstairs, which in the 1890s sold for 50 cents a night including a lady of ‘negotiable virtue.’ The wooden stairs still show the scuffmarks from the boots and spurs the old time cowboys wore. The rest of the night we spent being entertained by Alycia Vince, a renowned jazz singer who grew up in this part of Wyoming. Alycia for reasons unknown was tending bar and also managed to tend to two travel writers from New Zealand and Australia. For the best place in the west to lay your head book a couple of nights in the historic Occidental Hotel where rooms reflect another era, where antiques and adornments from a period long lost in time furnish every room. This is also a hotel where famous men such as President Herbert Hoover, President Teddy Roosevelt, Owen Wister, the writer of the 1902 novel The Virginian as well as the outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stayed. Go to: www.occidentalwyoming.com  or for Alysia Vince go to: www.alyciavince.com

 

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