45 EAST MERCURY STREET in Historic
Uptown Butte, Montana USA
Phone: (406) 299-2702
The Dumas is an historic American brothel built during the Victorian era in 1890, in what can only be described as brothel style architecture. The Dumas has (42) rooms, each with a distinct layout and purpose, and nearly all are intact as originally designed. Rooms range from posh suites and grand parlors, to bare-bone "cribs" -tiny rooms with space only for a bed and scarce amenities... Clandestine tunnels connected the Red-Light district to Butte's business corridor allowing clients & working girls to escape the area in the event of a police raid.
Until the mid 1980's, the sole purpose of the Dumas was to serve the predominately male population that grew out of Butte's mining boom. The "official" story is that the Dumas operated "illegally for 92 years from 1890 to 1982," although rumor says it was still in operation through the mid-late 1990's. Nevertheless, the Dumas is the longest running house of "ill repute" in America. The Dumas is truly the last vestige of Butte's Red-Light district, and its authenticity as a true 19th Century brothel is unmatched anywhere in the U.S.
In 1943, the underground & alley cribs were sealed off, remaining closed until the mid 1990's. These areas are now open, and are part of the Dumas Museum... In the 1970's, the Dumas was listed on the National Register of Historic Places where it remains today as an active "bordello".
The Dumas is a favorite attraction among locals, and tours of the historic brothel are a must when visiting Butte, MT! As one visitor noted: "All that remains of Butte's Red-Light District is on display at the Dumas".
A Guide to the Dumas Brothel:
In 2012, the Dumas was nearly seized due to delinquent property taxes, creating an imminent threat to the already compromised structure, which was sure to be demolished if the seizure occurred. Realizing that the Dumas would meet such demise, Michael Piche and Travis Eskelsen decided to save the Historic Landmark, and purchased the Dumas from its longtime owner, taking on great risk and financial sacrifice. Our utmost priority is to protect, preserve, and restore the 125-year-old National Landmark and its many artifacts, which are vital to Butte's history and cultural heritage. To help fund the costly restoration-construction needed to save the Dumas, we offer tours of the historic brothel, and operate a gift shop and antique mall on site, utilizing the proceeds to restore the Dumas... For frequent updates concerning the Dumas, like us on Facebook using the link below! ~Thank you!
DUMAS NEWS: The antique mall is now open at the Dumas! Business Hours: Wed-Fri 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat-Sun 11:00am-6:00pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information ~Thanks!
The Dumas Restoration Project
We do not take a pay check for the hard work we do at the Dumas, making it possible to fund this project. A great deal of work still remains, and donations to the restoration project have substantially benefited the Dumas since 2012! To Donate to the Dumas Restoration online, simply click on the secure Donate button below, or as always, mail contributions in care of:
Historic Dumas Brothel
45 East Mercury Street
Butte, Montana 59701