May 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
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. Keep up with book signings and other latest devlopements at https://www.facebook.com/Guytownbygaslight.