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I haven't posted anything for awhile, for two reasons... We're changing our internet provider, email addresses and program, AND (gasp!) I went to work! Its been awhile, but I guess its like riding a bicycle.... you never forget how... A younger friend's dad-in-law bought a building in the Historic District of B.C. about 3 yrs ago, and finally decided to "pull the trigger" on their renovation plans. This building was built as a bank, in the 1890's next door to Heilner's clothing store. The upstairs was the "Gentlemen's Parlor" for the high-end brothel operating in the two upper floors of Heilner's. When the bank moved, the storefront was integrated into the clothing store. The business continued to operate until the early 1990's. At one time, they owned half a block, straddling the alley between Main and 1st.

Across the alley were Heilners Grocery, and the warehouse, a brooding gray tuffstone structure with tall black metal shutters on all openings.

10 yrs ago, I managed to be the first person to do a thorough inspection of the warehouse in 40-50 yrs. But I digress.

With the job in the Heilner building came keys. My FAVORITE! And YES. I got pics!    



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There's more! And that IS a cashier cage! My late father in law used to deliver papers up there when he was a kid. He said that when he returned from WW2, they had removed the top floor (with its massive turret.) It doesn't look like things flourished up there after that.



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stairs to nowhere... it appears that the ladies lived on the third floor, while the entertaining was done on the 2nd. Its ridiculous how many brothels there were in town back then. They had price wars! I love Baker City.

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Cool pics and History - - - I can almost smell the cigar smoke and hear an old upright piano playing.

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