Unescorted female cattle a crime in NM

July 9, 2013 • Local News

Jessica Palmer
Record Staff Writer

Many states and communities maintain what might be considered funny laws on the books. For example, Roswell used to have an ordinance which set the speed limit for horses and carriages at eight miles an hour. How law enforcement was supposed to clock or enforce this speed limit is not mentioned.

Roswell also had an ordinance that prohibited women from going into any business that served alcohol and allowed gambling. While certain women’s reputations were protected by this ordinance, local historian Elvis Fleming noted that what was then known as bawdy houses were legal and they were taxed. He said it was one-time Roswell Mayor James Hinkle, who served from 1904-1906, who restricted bawdy houses to outside the city limits, which was the southeast corner of Virginia and Alameda, where Roswell’s bawdy house Emma’s Place did business.

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