Soiled Doves (prostitutes) were the some of the first people to populate and create business in the flourishing towns of the 1800s…..
“Among the more common names in reference to the ladies, depending on location, were sportin’ women, soiled or prairie doves, frail sisters, public women, ladies of ill-fame, ladies of easy virtue, nymphs du prairie, women of the rehab, women of evil name and fame, demimonde, frail sisters, scarlet ladies, girls or women of the night, fancy ladies, calico queens, horizontal experts, fallen women, purveyors of pleasure(or purveyors of sin depending on your viewpoint), red light ladies, faeries of the half-world, brides of the multitude and more. And, if the establishment was lucky enough to have entertainment, the piano player was most often referred to as the Professor. This musical tradition began in 1898 New Orleans’ Storyville, an area cordoned off exclusively for the purposes of prostitution.”
Source: Soiled Doves of the Old West