DEADWOOD – New York Times Best Selling author Chris Enss will be signing copies of her book, An Open Secret: The Story of Deadwood’s Most Notorious Bordellos from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Brothel Deadwood on Sunday, September 24, 2023. Enss will present Busts at the Brothel, at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. These 30-minute presentations highlight the raids and arrests during the time the brothels were operating in Deadwood. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Stop by to meet Chris Enss and tour The Brothel. Snacks and bottled water will be served. Special drawings will be available to brothel visitors throughout the day. The Brothel Deadwood is located at 610 Main Street, Deadwood.

Enss’ latest book, An Open Secret, focuses on infamous cat houses like the Beige Door, those individuals who managed the businesses, their employees, their well-known clientele, the various crimes committed at the locations, and their ultimate demise. Among the most notable Deadwood soiled doves and brothel owners were Dora DuFran and Al Swearingen. The names of the some of the most popular brothels in Deadwood Gulch were the Shy-Ann Room, the Beige Door, and the Shasta Rooms. After more than a hundred years of continual operation, the brothels in Deadwood were forced to close in 1980.

Chris Enss is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing about women of the Old West for more than thirty years. She has penned more than fifty published books on the subject. Her work has been honored with nine Will Rogers Medallion Awards, two Elmer Kelton Book Awards, an Oklahoma Center for the Book Award, three Foreword Review Magazine Book Awards, the Laura Downing Journalism Award, and three Western Writers of America Spur Finalist Awards. Enss’s most recent works are The Widowed Ones: Beyond the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Along Came a Cowgirl: Daring and Iconic Cowgirls of Rodeos and Wild West Shows, and Straight Lady: The Life and Times of Margaret Dumont “The Fifth Marx Brother.”

Co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood History, Inc., and Chris Enss.


Deadwood History, Inc. preserves and presents the history of Deadwood and the Black Hills through exceptional places, interactive exhibits, and engaging events.

Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum, Historic Adams House, Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, and The Brothel Deadwood.

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