The mystery of the history of the chair

chair

I would never want to seem ungrateful for a gift but this one has sort of become a nuisance.  My 90 year young father in law tagged this chair for me while prepping his home for an estate sale.  I’m really touched because I know how much it meant to him since my mother in law took such great care of it and it was passed on to them  from his mother.

As the story goes, the chair was from a brothel near the train depot in Laramie Wyoming in the 1800’s.  It somehow came into the family through an uncle that worked for the Union Pacific railway.  My father in law believes the brothel was located near the depot, since it was a common gathering place for the rail workers.

Anyway, it really doesn’t flow well with my decor.  My youngest daughter won’t  let my grandchildren sit on it, and my other daughter took it to her home for a brief period while I was downsizing and sent it back because she said it was creepy to look at.

I move it from one room to another and it never looks good.  If I have a guest who happens to sit in it and I tell them where it came from they usually jump right out of it.

I myself have never sat in it, although I’ve been curious to see if it would change my mood at times. 😉

I’ve googled brothels, chairs, Laramie , Laramie antiques and can’t find anything to match it up with.  My only conclusion so far is that it was either foyer or parlor furniture.  In that case to stay with tradition it will remain on my first floor.

If only chairs could talk, it would be a hoot to listen to this one

Author: Alice DeForest

With over 30 years experience in various phases of the real estate industry, I would like to have the opportunity to share some of the knowledge, hard work, and fun things with you. I have also had the opportunity to live in all four corners of the US , so I have been a buyer, seller, tenant, and landlord in my personal life. I am now a settled empty nester, which allows me the time to work on this blog...

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