Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains

By Jan MacKell
Foreword by Thomas J. Noel
Published in 2009 by University Press of New Mexico
ISBN 978-0-8263-4610-0

Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons

As Frank Gifford once said about the sport of pro football, “There are no winners, only survivors.” As this new book by Jan MacKell shows, there were few winners and survivors in the sport of prostitution, but Central Colorado can claim a couple of well-known survivors, like Cockeyed Liz Spurgeon (or Spurgen) in Buena Vista and Laura Evans (or Evens) in Salida, who managed to survive for many years. Perhaps their survival was helped by the healthful climate.

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