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. It operated illegally for 92 years from 1890 to 1982, making it America's longest running house of "ill repute". The Dumas is the last vestige of Butte's Red-Light district, and its authenticity as a true 19th century brothel is unmatched anywhere in the US.
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 curiosity and gift shop on site, using all proceeds to directly restore the Dumas... For frequent updates concerning all things Dumas, follow us on Facebook using the links below...Thank you! ~Michael & Travis
Dumas News: We are closed through March 2015. For inquiries, please email email@example.com. Thank you!
RESTORING THE DUMAS
Unfortunately, we do not receive grant funding for the Dumas restoration project, and so we utilize our personal incomes, loans, and all proceeds from the Dumas, to restore the Dumas -including preserving the Dumas' many artifacts. By not paying ourselves a salary for the hard work we do at the Dumas we are able to fund this project, although there is much work that remains in every way if we are to achieve lasting results... If you wish to contribute to the Dumas project, you may do so either through the PayPal link below, or as always, mail your contribution and correspondence in care of:
Historic Dumas Brothel
45 East Mercury Street
Butte, Montana 59701