The brothels in Elko are located in a light
commercial-low income residential area just
a few blocks southeast, off the main drag.
The brothels are surrounded by tree shaded
streets and mobile homes with waist high
fences. Three of the houses, Sue's, Chardon's
and Mona's share one block and kitty corner
across the street are Inez's D&D and
PJ's Lucky Strike which are next door neighbors.
I was told that PJ's hasn't been all that
lucky, they have been temporarily closed,
because they can't get any working girls.
All of the brothels in Elko, have about the
same number of rooms available, around 7-9.
Mona's had 3 ladies, Chardon's had 2 ladies,
and Inez's D&D had just one.
The brothels are good neighbors, their exteriors
are well kept and landscaped. Sue's has a
fresh looking paint job, which to me, fairly
screams, "I'm a brothel and proud of
it ! ". Sue's, is without a doubt, a
highly visible, ‘painted lady'. The two story
building is a conservative off white on her
ground floor. The second floor is a bright
port wine color, with electric turquoise
trim. Mona's, next door, by comparison is
painted a dowdy sandy beige. Chardon's around
the corner is somewhere in the middle, with
her institutional gray paint contrasted with
bright pink trim.
Inez's D&D and PJ's are nondescript buildings
and not as spectacular as her gaudy neighbor
across the street. Inez's makes up by having
a large sign on the corner to announce herself.
None of these brothels have a gated, fenced
in area, like the brothels near Reno or Carson
City. To get into any of the Elko brothels,
it's reminiscent of the prohibition, speakeasy
days of the roaring 20's. You walk up to
the door and ring the doorbell. Someone on
the inside looks through a one way window
or peephole, then after looking you over,
you're buzzed in.
The houses have no parking lots, all parking
is on the street. But from what I could see,
there's plenty of parking all around the
houses. For truckers driving their semis,
there are a couple of businesses in the area
with parking lots that you can use if they're
closed, or since South 3 rd street dead ends
at the railroad track two blocks from the
brothels, there's plenty of parking on the
street that parallels the track.
Sue's Fantasy Ranch is by far the nicest of the Elko brothels.
The interior matches the exterior. It looks
like it's been recently remodeled, with new
furnishings and a very well stocked bar.
It looks like they were going for a gentlemans
‘club' atmosphere. The bar seats around 10
people. They have a mirrored dance floor
with a brass pole off to the right side.
It has two café tables with two chairs each
on the edge of the stage. The bartender told
me that if the gentleman would like a lady
to dance for him, it'd cost $ 25.00. There
were a couple more small two seater café
tables and chairs along the walls for the
guys to have get acquainted chats with the
To the right of the bar was a small multicolored
neon bulletin board. The ladies names and
their schedules are written on it. When I
asked about the available ladies, the bartender
pulled out a little photo album to show me
snapshots of the ladies. Each lady had at
least a couple of pictures so you could get
a good idea of what she looked like. The
bartender said shifts were staggered to maximize
their available resources.
I dunno why it struck me funny, when I saw
them. Behind the bar were a row of electronic
digital timers with a name placard for each
working girl, instead of the usual mechanical
wind-up kitchen egg timers that are universally
used by the brothels to time the parties.
The bartender explained to me, they were
more accurate than the spring wind-up timers,
so the gentleman didn't get shorted on time.
Nice touch. Tempus fugit, when you're having
Mona's was what I'd call a ‘quaint' brothel-bar.
The exterior looked freshly painted, wearing
a coat of clean khaki-beige paint. When I
walked through the front door, I had to do
a double take. I thought I'd walked into
a home, not a brothel. Immediately to the
right was a carpeted staircase and a short
hallway in front of me. I continued down
the narrow hallway towards the light and
finally came into the bar area. I looked
around and from the layout of the place,
It would be my guess that it'd been a family
home that had been converted into a bawdy
house. The bartender told me that Mona's
was built in 1903. The last remodel looked
like it was done when artificial wood grained
paneling was in style, sometime in the mid
1960's. The paneling was well worn and the
place could have used an upgrade and remodel.
There is a long, olde tyme wooden bar, which
was no doubt the original one installed,
when it was converted from family home to
brothel. It dominated the full length of
the short room. There were eight barstools
along it's length. At the end of the room
is a little alcove area with a juke box.
Chardons' is the brothel with the bright pink trim
to offset it's gray walls. The interior looks
like a bar stuck in time from around 1950-60.
It was well kept and clean. It's newer looking
than Mona's and larger, but other than that,
it wasn't noteworthy. According to the bartender,
they had two working girls and they had only
one on duty. She asked me if I wanted to
meet her. I replied that I just wanted to
sit at the bar for now and have a drink.
The working girl heard me from the open door
of her nearby room and came into the bar
and asked me to go on a tour. I told her
that I'd like to see the place, but wasn't
planning on partying. She insisted that I
go on a tour anyway. She showed me the Jacuzzi
room, then we went to her room and she gave
me her spiel. She explained what an hour
in the jacuzzi would cost, what the house
minimum was and was I interested. I told
her I was just on a self guided tour and
thanked her for her time, then left. I wanted
to hang out in the bar and talk to the bartender
about the history of the house, but she was
busy stocking the bar.
Inez D&D is the last brothel in my self guided Elko
tour. The bar is just a narrow room. Just
looking around, it looked like they were
either in the process of remodeling, or they'd
changed their minds and aborted their plans
in the middle of the job, so the place is
eclectic. There's no parlour, per se, as
the room is long and narrow, the only seating
available is on one of the eight or nine
stools at the bar. One interesting touch
is the floor to ceiling post left unchanged
at the end of the remodeled bar. This round,
bare wood post has been ‘signed' by many
of the previous customers. I didn't read
any the signatures, as there were layers
of names overlaying the previous signatures,
creating a tower of autograph babel. The
newer scrawls were done in felt tip pen,
destroying the ball point penned or fountain
penned names from the past. So I wasn't able
to see if anyone famous or infamous had visited
this brothel and signed the, "I was
The walls of the bar were in a pink pastel
print wallpaper. Behind the bar was an ornate
gold leafed, framed mirror. I guess someone
was going for Baroque.
The bartender told me they only had one lady
in house at the time. She came out and welcomed
me. I was amazed that someone who was on
duty 24/7 was so energetic and cheerful.
She gave me a tour of the facilities, showing
me the hot tub and her room. She proudly
pointed out that all the ladies rooms had
a telephone. (Most houses have a shared ‘community'
pay phone for the ladies). She led me out
the back door and the fenced in grassy yard.
She said, after we partied, we could come
out here and lie naked in the sun. I didn't
see that as appealing, visualizing areas
of my body, which have never seen the light
of day, getting sunburned, itchy and well...start,
If you stop to think about it, it's mindboggling,
at least to me. This single, solitary, cheerful
soul had the sole responsibility of keeping
the owners of this brothel in business. Otherwise,
like its next door neighbor brothel, PJ's
Lucky Strike, it'd have to shut its doors.
With her in the parlour, they could keep
their doors open, and probably sold enough
liquor to pay for the bartender and some
of the overhead, and any money she made was
split with the house. The gal told me she
made a deal with the owner, she'd work 24/7
without any time off until he got another
girl to relieve her and was keeping her commitment
to the house. That's showing a heck of a
lot of loyalty for someone who's an ‘independant
I thanked her for her time and ended my tour
of the Elko houses.
Would I go back there again ? To be honest,
But, if I were traveling and close to Elko
and had the opportunity to visit their brothels,
I definitly would. The people I met and talked
to said that summer time is their busy season,
with more ladies coming to work. It seems
there are working girls who travel a circuit
of the Nevada brothels. They stay a few weeks
here and a week or two there. The girls like
it because they're always the ‘new' girl
in the house. When a guy asks how long she's
been there, she can honestly say, "I'm
new, I've only been here a week." Most
working girls will tell you that guys are
attracted to the ‘new' girl in a house. They
always seem to book well. So if you go, be
sure to check all the houses. Ladies come
and ladies go. You never know which house
will have the right girl for you.