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Truckee River Diversion(46 images)

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For decades, this high-desert site eight miles east of Reno was best known as the home of the Mustang Ranch, the first licensed brothel in the United States.
The brothel reopened a few miles downriver in 2006, after the land was confiscated by the IRS and the name and buildings were sold to the highest bidder. Working 12-hour shifts at their new complex, the sex workers or prostitutes...
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  • Goldie, a sex worker at the Mustang Ranch brothel, waits for customers December 2, 2009 in Mustang, NV.
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  • Goldie, a sex worker at the Mustang Ranch brothel, waits for customers December 2, 2009 in Mustang, NV.
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  • Goldie, a sex worker at the Mustang Ranch brothel, waits for customers December 2, 2009 in Mustang, NV.
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  • A door number at the Mustang Ranch brothel in Mustang, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • A portrait of former Mustang Ranch brothel owner Joe Conforte, now a fugitive in Brazil, is mounted in the Mustang Ranch brothel in Mustang, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • A portrait of former Mustang Ranch brothel owner Joe Conforte, now a fugitive in Brazil, is mounted in the Mustang Ranch brothel in Mustang, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • Susan Austin, the madame of the Mustang Ranch Brothel, poses for a portrait at the bar in Mustang, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • Susan Austin, the madame of the Mustang Ranch Brothel, poses for a portrait at the bar in Mustang, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • Susan Austin, the madame of the Mustang Ranch Brothel, poses for a portrait at the bar in Mustang, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • The Mustang Ranch brothel was relocated as part of the Truckee River's restoration in Mustang, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • The Mustang Ranch brothel was relocated as part of the Truckee River's restoration in Mustang, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • Construction crews divert the Truckee River back to its original course on December 2, 2009 in Mustang, NV.
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  • The Truckee River is diverted back to its original course, on the far side, on December 2, 2009 in Mustang, NV. is diverted back to its original course, on the far side, on December 2, 2009 in Mustang, NV.
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  • Ducks float on the Truckee River through Reno, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • Ducks float on the Truckee River through Reno, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • The Truckee River flows through Reno, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • The Truckee River flows through Reno, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • Construction crews divert the Truckee River back to its original course on December 2, 2009 in Mustang, NV.
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  • The sun sets near the Truckee River in Mustang, NV, December 2, 2009.
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  • Construction crews divert the Truckee River back to its original course on December 2, 2009 in Mustang, NV.
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  • Reno, Nevada on the evening of December 2, 2009.
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