This will probably come as a huge disappointment to you (I know, me too), but the Chicken Ranch no longer exists. At least, not in Texas. There is one in Nevada though.
Started in 1844, the Texas Chicken Ranch ended up being a well-known brothel that looked like a regular old Texas farmhouse with chicken in the yard.
- the local sheriff would visit the brothel every night to catch up on gossip and to hear if any of the patrons had boasted about committing any crimes. Many local crimes were solved this way.
- During the Great Depression, business suffered, so the “poultry standard” was implemented, where they charged one chicken per sexual act. They had a chicken explosion, thus earning the name “Chicken Ranch” and the madam was able to supplement their income by selling eggs and the extra chickens.
- When a new sheriff came into office, he had a telephone installed at the ranch so he could continue the tradition of checking in to get information on local crime and gossip.
- The “girls” were prohibited from drinking, getting tattoos and from going to bars and cafes in town.
- Local military bases and colleges sent men regularly to the ranch for a good time.
- Many of the “girls” were often University of Texas students.
- Prostitution was illegal in Texas.
The Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas was shut down for good in 1973. Two Houston attorneys purchased the house and had it transported to Dallas where they opened it as a restaurant, which Edna Milton, the current madam, as its hostess. This ended up closing down in 1978.
The Chicken Ranch inspired the Broadway musical, the movie Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and ZZ Top’s musical hit “La Grange.”
And you can’t visit it. Only in your imagination. Sorry.