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The brothel that would become The Chicken Ranch opened in La Grange, Texas, in 1844 and was run by a widow known as Mrs. Swine out of an old hotel near the saloon. The brothel was successful for over a decade, but closed during the Civil War when Swine several of her girls were run out of town as Yankees. In 1905, Miss Jessie Williams took over the brothel and left the hotel, moving to a house on the outskirts of town that would become known as Miss Jessie’s. In 1915, Williams purchased eleven acres of land on Rocky Creek Road, which would become the permanent site of the brothel. During the Depression, Williams had to lower prices as customers dwindled and implemented a “poultry standard,” charging one live chicken for each sex act. The number of chickens at the brothel soon exploded, and the place became known as The Chicken Ranch, with Williams supplementing her income by selling surplus chickens and eggs. While an illegal operation, the brothel operated successfully from 1905 until 1973, primarily due to an unwritten pact of mutual coexistence with law enforcement and elected officials that excluded drunks and criminals, but welcomed police and politicians. It’s also rumored that Williams provided tips to the sheriff based on gossip and boasting by clients each day, which certainly helped, I’m sure. The business served as the basis for the 1973 song La Grange, and the 1978 Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, as well as its 1982 film adaptation.
Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.
All sizes are provided in inches!
*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.