The Dumas Brothel was built in 1890 to function as a brothel and remained in continuous operation until 1982. It is the longest running brothel in the United States and the last one remaining in Butte’s historic red light district. Today, the building functions as a museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As with many brothels, this is not a place for the squeamish. It was still in operation as a “house of ill repute” as late as 1982 and many feel strongly that the deceased ladies of the night who provided their services here are probably still around. Madams such as Elinor Knott are rumored to still roam the halls at Dumas Brothel after being scorned by her lover. She had packed up and was ready to start a new life in 1955 with her lover, but he stood her up. The next morning Elinor Knott was found dead.
Reports of Elinor’s death indicate that she died due to natural causes, but the coincidence regarding her tragic love affair makes this hard to believe. Some think that Elinor was murdered while others believe that she committed suicide. Either story is believable.
Visitors to Dumas Brothel have reported seeing the ghost of Elinor making her way through the halls with a suitcase in hand.
Other Related Haunts:
Mystery Manor is a haunted location in Omaha, Nebraska that once functioned as a brothel. Ghostly manifestations at Mystery Manor have been diverse and prolific to the extent that the current owner went ahead and converted the place into a commercial haunted house.