Thursday, November 17, 2011
Original "Third St"
The original Third Street, or the area of ill repute was 1st Street SW, from Central Avenue south. The town was much younger and much smaller in the early days. The city fathers decided to move this area of ill repute “way out of town.” They moved them about 2 blocks to the west, by today's standards, to its Third Street Southwest location. Its good they moved them to Third Street as Second Street eventually became Broadway. One of the first Madams on Third Street was May Butler. She was located on the west side of the block between Central Avenue and 1st Avenue SW. May Butler was also active in the new area or what was to be known as High Third.