The Best Little Museum in Wallace, Idaho
One of the most bizarre places we have visited during our photo safari is the Oasis, in Wallace, Idaho. The Oasis was a notorious brothel that operated openly in this small mining town. It is now a "museum." We were walking down the street, I saw the sign taped to the window and said, "Wow, Five dollars for a half hour!" Brooks Jensen then pointed out to me that was only for the tour.
The origin of this unique museum began when the Madam retired (allegedly one day before the arrival of Federal Law Enforcement Officers). She did nothing but lock the doors to that den of iniquity upon her departure. Years later, the building owner decided it would make a tourist attraction. You can tour the premises just as it was the day the Madam left; half empty liquor bottles, boxes of snacks, cigarettes and other items not suitable for description here. The Oasis is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Wallace. On our last afternoon in Wallace, we took a tour of the premises. Tawdry is a reasonable word to describe the experience.
The following morning we started the trip home. We stopped at Cataldo State Park just outside of Coeur d’Alene for a few moments. Well, we thought it going to be a few moments, but it turned into a few hours of good photography. The State Park is home to the first Catholic Mission Church in the Idaho Territory. It was a much more reasonable subject for our photographs.
The Catlaldo Mission
Photography on a higher plane.