Hell's Half Acre

Hell's Half Acre (HM2MGZ)

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N 35° 27.884', W 97° 30.781'

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— The '89er Trail —

Big Anne Wynn, the town's most prominent madam, pitched a tent on Front Street on the day of the Run to provide female companionship for the overwhelmingly male population.

Disembarking at Santa Fe Station new arrivals encountered a district that came to be known as Hell's Half Acre. The streets were referred to as Alabaster Row, Hop Boulevard, and Bunco Alley. Nine billiard halls and 18 club houses were counted in the city directory of August, 1889. Big Anne Wynn became a powerful figure in the shadow world of adult entertainment which provided the city with consistent revenues and challenges in law enforcement.

The western edge of the block was Broadway, nicknamed Battle Row. At various times it housed the Two Johns Saloon, the Black and Rogers Saloon, the Turf Club, and the Vendome (the plushest bawdy house in town), alongside the First National Bank, the Lee Hotel, and above the Black and Rogers Saloon, the city council chambers and police court.

For years a war raged between the advocates for enforcing morality, and those favoring an open city even if the edges were a bit rowdy. The city government derived revenues from license fees on the saloons and dance halls, and many of its prominent citizens enjoyed an occasional visit. Oklahoma City attracted people from all over the country, and offered a flourishing

den of temptation.
Year Placed2018
Placed ByOklahoma City Community Foundation, Wiggin Properties
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Date Added Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 11:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 634923 N 3925598
Decimal Degrees35.46473333, -97.51301667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 27.884', W 97° 30.781'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 27' 53.04" N, 97° 30' 46.86" W
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