SWEET & SEDUCTIVE
Fort Worth Texas’ legendary Hell’s Half Acre was an accumulation of bordellos, saloons, and gambling parlors during the 1870s. The most infamous red-light district of the old “Wild West” was frequented by outlaws like “Longhair Jim” Courtright, Luke Short, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Sam Bass, along with Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch.
For more than 30 years, Hell’s Half Acre operated on a “sin-and-gin” model of supply and demand. It was a two-fisted, pistol-packin’, easy-lovin’ veritable mall of vice that helped develop and establish Fort Worth’s economy.
It was also referred to as the town’s “Bloody Third Ward” due to the violence and lawlessness in the area. Rules were broken, blood was spilt, and sharing a bottle of alcohol was their way of breaking bread.