RICHARD ZELADE - Guy Town by Gaslight

  

Wednesday, July 16 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

Austin Historian
RICHARD ZELADE

speaking & signing
Guy Town by Gaslight:
A History of Vice in Austin's First Ward


Tonight author and historian Richard Zelade is here to share with us a lurid account of our Capital City's historic underbelly, Guy Town. Today's pleasure-seeking visitors to the Warehouse District walk on top of Guy Town, a haven for notorious madams, prostitutes, druggies and drunkards lost to history, as well as names still remembered--Ben Thompson, O. Henry and Johnny Ringo roamed its streets looking for a good time. From murderers to con men, crooked cops and more, meet the cast of characters that gave Guy Town its reputation

All about Guy Town by Gaslight:
Crime and vice plagued Austin after the Civil War, and Guy Town was a red-light hub with a most curious legacy. Today's pleasure-seeking visitors to the Warehouse District walk on top of Guy Town--the chic neighborhood of today is built on the most decadent and deadly area of the city's past. With the old county courthouse at its core, the district rose from the Colorado River up to Fifth Street and spanned from Congress Avenue to Shoal Creek, infesting Austin's eclectic First Ward neighborhood. Guy Town was a haven for notorious madams, prostitutes, druggies and drunkards lost to history, as well as names still remembered--Ben Thompson, O. Henry and Johnny Ringo roamed its streets looking for a good time. From murderers to con men, crooked cops and more, meet the cast of characters that gave Guy Town its reputation in author Richard Zelade's lurid account of the Capital City's historic underbelly.

 

RICHARD ZELADE is an author and historian from Austin, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Texas. His writing has appeared in Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Monthly, People, Southern Living and American Way, among others. A multidisciplinary historian and author of four other books, Zelade studies Texas geology, weather, geography, flora, fauna and ethnic folkways, including the medicinal and food uses of native plants.
 
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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
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Guy Town by Gaslight:: A History of Vice in Austin's First Ward Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626194458
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Published: History Press (SC) - May 13th, 2014

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