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 included in the Dumas tour... 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 variety store on site, utilizing all proceeds to directly restore the Dumas... For frequent updates concerning all things Dumas, Like us on Facebook below! ~Thank you!
NOW OPEN! Hours are 10:am to 4:pm Wed-Sun, and tours are available year-round by appointment.
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The Dumas Restoration Project
We do not pay ourselves for the hard work we do here at the Dumas, which is how we are able to fund this project... Still, a great deal of work remains if we are to achieve lasting results. To donate to the Dumas restoration online, 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