This usage dates back to the original Chicken Ranch near the town of La Grange, Texas, an old brothel that is no longer open which accepted chickens as payment during the Great Depression. Over time the place became overrun with chickens.
- There is currently a legal brothel also called the Chicken Ranch just outside the town of Pahrump, Nevada.
- Sheri's Ranch. Another legal brothel just outside the town of Pahrump, Nevada.
- The Mustang Ranch was formerly a legal brothel near Reno (closed 1999; rights to reuse the name are now tied up in court).
- The Moonlite BunnyRanch is a legal brothel near Carson City.
Many of Nevada's other legal brothels also incorporate the term "ranch" into their names.