Tales from Reno’s Divorce Ranches on KNPR Nevada Public Radio

Tales from the Reno divorce ranches

Tales from Reno’s Divorce Ranches on KNPR


Bill McGee was interviewed by Dave Becker for “State of Nevada on KNPR, Nevada Public Radio, March 1, 2011. He was a member of a panel of people who were part of the divorce ranch experience.

PROGRAM NOTES: Back in the 1930s and 40s, Nevada was one of the few states where you could get a quick divorce. They stayed on “divorce ranches”—complete with cowboys, horse rides, and cocktail hours. Sometimes even Hollywood stars came to stay, Clark Gable and Ava Gardner, among others. The interview takes a look back at the “divorce ranches” with a historian, a former divorce ranch guest, a ranch owner, and a divorce ranch wrangler who said he’d “died and gone to heaven” when he saw all those ladies.

Marilu Norden, former guest at Pyramid Lake Ranch and author, Unbridled: A Tale of a Divorce Ranch
Bill McGee, former divorce ranch wrangler at the Flying M. E. Ranch and co-author, The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler
Beth Ward, former owner, Whitney Ranch
Mella Harmon, Reno divorce historian

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