Calico Club aka Donna’s Battle Mountain CLOSED

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Calico Club

Donna’s Battle Mountain Ranch
395 N 2nd Street
Battle Mountain
NV 89820-4114
Tel 775 635-2764

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GPS
40°38’44.4″N
116°56″04.0″W

Distances
53 Miles from Winnemucca
73 Miles from Elko
219 Miles from Reno
122 Miles to Wells

Directions
Fairly easy to find off I80
From the east on I80 take EXIT 233, merge on to “Front Street” SR304 (North) to “Reese Street” (look for the red flashing signal). Turn RIGHT (North) to 2nd Street, LEFT to address. It’s located on your right.
From the west on I80 take EXIT 229 merge on to SR304 “Allen Road” EAST, turn LEFT onto N. 2nd Street to address, on your left.

Parking
Excellent Truck access, with a pull in and out drive thru parking area.

Club Layout
Small yet improved over the years this club has made leaps and bounds from being at the bottom of the list to the top. The entrance is located on the front left side. There is a overhang which surrounds the entrance. Ring the bell after which the bar tender will let you in. Drinks, including coffee and soft drinks are no-charge. Lighting is bright and nothing like you would expect in a bar. Facing the bar behind you to the right of the entrance is a restroom. To your left down the hall are the ladies rooms. Out back to the left is the VIP room with Jacuzzi.

Ladies
Three were present during our intel mission, a mid aged blond, BBW dark haired gal and a slimmer mid sized younger gal with glasses. The blond quoted rather high prices in the area of a $200 30 minute party. $150 was her lowest rate which gets you a HJ. The worst part of the deal was that she asked for a mandatory upfront “$20 TIP” and stated that if service was good you could tip more at the end. I found this a bit ridiculous. Her room was extremely dark leading me to believe she was hiding something. He outfit was also not suitable to what on normally wears at a brothel. Jeans and sweater, when added to the low lighting of her room it gave the strong impression that she was covering something up.

Conclusion
Most of the competing brothels in the area along the I80 with the exception of the Reno area seem to offer $150 half and half sessions, some even go as low as $100. Elko for example had more attractive women but not the higher prices. Battle Mountain is even more remote thus it’s hard to understand the concept of pricing. Overall the club is clean, well laid out, staff is friendly and helpful. All three women were never busy during our 60 minute stop, several truckers stopped by however no one booked time.

Some History
At one time there were 2 ranches in Battle mountain. Prior to 2000 Donna’s was called the Calico Club.

Since the owner of Donna’s in Wells took over the club in Battle Mountain things have gotten better. I can remember the time when this place was probably the worst ranch in Nevada. Talent is up and the place has under gone some renovations. Having just visited a week ago I was surprised at the crowd of guys and girls at Donna’s II (the old Calico club). It was Memorial Day weekend and the place was packed. At least 7 women to select from and soft drinks were no charge. Guys young and old were seated at the bar and in the lounge waiting a turn at the above average stable of talent. Plenty of truck parking and easy to find this place has made a total change for the better.
Due to its remote location, parties for $100 are possible.

Located in Battle Mountain
Hot ladies, free wifi, plenty of truck parking.
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Always hiring ladies. Contact Madam Dyana.
Call us- (775) 635-5700.
Next to the old Calico Club.
See our hot ladies!
303 North 2nd St
Battle Mountain, Nv 89820

NEWS STORIES

Battle Mountain Calico Club

Madam Jennifer O´Kane poses at her Calico Club in Battle Mountain on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. The Calico is the only brothel in rural Lander County.

Madam Jennifer O’Kane knows a stark little truism about the world’s oldest profession: Discretion is a working girl’s best friend.

Everything happens behind closed doors between consenting adults. And any release of personal details could not only crush the spirit of a brothel worker’s unsuspecting family, she insists, it could even threaten a woman’s safety.

But an October scandal — in which former NBA basketball star Lamar Odom collapsed and nearly died from a drug overdose inside a Nye County cathouse — has cast a chill over the state’s 17 brothels, hideaways with names such as Angel’s Ladies and the Cherry Patch II.

Paranoia over personal privacy has even hit O’Kane’s Calico brothel in this windblown Northern Nevada town, the only bordello in rural Lander County.

Following obsessive press coverage that included disclosures by Love Ranch brothel owner Dennis Hof about the names and sexual orientation of two employees who had been with Odom, both prostitutes and their customers are now looking over their shoulders, O’Kane said.

“Heidi Fleiss went to federal prison to protect her little black book,” said O’Kane, a 40-something former prostitute with fleshy Steven Tyler-like lips and a throaty voice. “Now the word is out that a girl can be compromised, and that’s not good.”

Some younger women have even returned to the dangerous vagaries of working the street rather than risk public release of their names and photographs. Others no longer want their images included on come-on websites, she said.

Scandal good for business?

At the Calico, O’Kane has tried to reassure both employees and clients. Placards now forbid the use of cameras or cellphones. Still, male customers often spot the security camera hanging over the dimly lit bar: “Who’s going to see this?” many ask. “I’m not going to be on TV or anything, am I? Because I can’t afford that.”

Other brothel industry insiders deny the Odom incident has hurt business. Some owners claim profits are better than ever. Newer, younger girls have joined the trade after seeing news coverage of Odom, they add.

“We haven’t seen any negative impact,” said Richard Hunter, a spokesman for Dennis Hof, who owns several brothels. “The girls directly involved with Lamar Odom are back at work. No girls have run away; neither have any of our customs.”

George Flint, a longtime brothel lobbyist, said the trade has bounced back from worse debacles.

He said a faltering economy and new brothel owners with little familiarity of the business are much bigger threats than any controversy involving an ex-professional basketball player.

“Brothel owners cannot become complacent,” he said. “Remember, legalized prostitution is still not a normal thing in the minds of a high percentage of state residents. You’re never going to have a community that will just shrug its shoulders and say ‘We’re totally OK with this.’ “

No place for drugs

Three years ago, O’Kane decided she wasn’t OK with what she calls the ugly realities of brothel life: a realm of demanding male owners where drug use among workers and clients is often rampant, despite denials by management.

As a employee at Hof’s Love Ranch, she said she regularly took drugs. If girls wanted pills, they got pills. It’s not supposed to happen, but it did. Guys come in and say, ‘Let’s exchange drugs for sex.’ It happens at all brothels, no matter what people say.”

Hunter denied the claim, saying brothel owners have too much at stake and could lose their licenses by allowing drug use. Yet he acknowledged that brothel security did not check Odom.

He also does not want to see such anti-drug precautions coming in the future.

“Clients aren’t searched,” he said. “We don’t go through pockets or backpacks. If you do drugs in your car of a restroom, we may not know.”

But O’Kane says she now makes it her business to know.

She entered the trade more than a decade ago after surviving an abusive husband in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2012, she bought an existing brothel here with plans to create a new atmosphere for working girls. “A lot of bad things go on in brothels,” she said. “Male owners have a lot of power; they have too much power.”

She tore down a fence surrounding the property and plans to install new larger windows in worker rooms to replace the cell-sized portals.

“We’re not sex slaves; women are not locked up here,” said O’Kane, who says she once worked as a car dealership finance director. “I want to teach girls how to become businesswomen.”

Employees don’t have to parade in front of clients in tacky Playboy Mansion-type lingerie and high heels. Instead, she said, women wear what they want, including shorts and boots.

Part of the community

O’Kane also attends public meetings — encouraging her workers to join her — to demonstrate a concern for the community and so “people don’t throw eggs at my place.”

“I want people to look at this house like they would a tire factory down the street,” she said, standing before a silk-screen curtain featuring a life-size image of Marilyn Monroe, whom O’Kane calls “the highest-paid prostitute in history.”

She looked around: “I want this to be known as a true house of prostitutes.”

County Sheriff Ron Unger said he has taken O’Kane’s invitation to visit the brothel to assure workers he’s there to protect them.

“She’s trying to run that brothel as best she can,” he said.

But O’Kane knows her business is a work in progress. The three buildings — a brothel, living quarters and strip club — appear in a state of perpetual construction. One bathroom has no door, just a hole ripped into a wall. Another room houses O’Kane’s eight pet ferrets.
On a recent weekend, almost all of her workers were away for the holidays — their empty rooms dark, dank and grim. The cold cement floors gave the place the forlorn feel of an internment camp, with a strong odor of disinfectant you presume isn’t doing its job.

Still, the novice madam stayed upbeat. On a cold December night, the house’s only entertainment was a stripper named Geneva, who applied her makeup and donned her baby-doll outfit in a room she rents at the brothel.
As the red light over the Calico beamed into darkened skies, the madam prepared to play disc jockey for a young woman who stood forlornly at a stripper’s pole, without a customer in sight.

FULL STORY BELOW
Life goes on at rural brothel in Northern Nevada despite Odom scandal in Nye County


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