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"Step Into Miss Laura's" - Explore the Wild Side of Historic Fort Smith

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Defying flood, flame and tornado, Miss Laura's Social Club - perched on the banks of the Arkansas River and what was formerly the border of the Indian Territories - is the only remaining house of ill-repute that lined Fort Smith's Old West red light district. Now restored to its original grandeur, it is the first former bordello on the National Register of Historic Places.

But the surviving facade of the turn-of-the-century landmark is just part of the story.

"Step Into Miss Laura's" - a 30-minute film written from rare pieces of factual information - introduces viewers to proprietor Miss Laura Zeigler and the girls who made the house famous. Traveling back to 1905, the film visits the boudoirs of four of Miss Laura's girls, recreating a glimpse into what life may have been like inside the historic brothel. While prostitution was legal - and the house luxurious - life was certainly not uncomplicated.

Tune in for the full program Sunday, Jan. 6, at 10:30 p.m. - followed by a special anniversary broadcast of "The Hanging of David O. Dodd" - or watch with us Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

AETN is proud to air "Step Into Miss Laura's" in partnership with Arkansas independent filmmakers at Mad Possum productions.