From Brothel to Floodplain

A floodplain on the Truckee River -- the original site of a famous Nevada brothel -- is being restored to its natural state.
December 16, 2009, 6am PST | Nate Berg
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It was the first licensed brothel to open in the United States and has been in business since . But after a relocation a few years back, the original floodplain on which the brothel was first built is being restored.

"The brothel reopened a few miles downriver in 2006, after the land was confiscated by the Internal Revenue Service and the name and buildings were sold to the highest bidder. Working 12-hour shifts at their new complex, part of which was airlifted from the old site, the women still greet customers in knee socks, push-up bras and other intimate wear.

The old property, meanwhile, is undergoing a transformation. Workers are restoring it to floodplain, undoing the damage wrought when federal engineers straightened the Truckee River a half century ago."

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Published on Monday, December 14, 2009 in The New York Times
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