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What Was Really Going On at Those Nevada Divorce Ranches?
“…the only memoir written by a former Nevada divorce ranch wrangler.”
– Lynn Downey, author of American Dude Ranch, A Touch of the Cowboy and the Thrill of the West
“A treasure if only for the photos alone—images of cowboys, the divorce ranch, old Virginia City, and Eastern socialites duding it up during their six-week cure.”
– Deb Caletti, author of The Secrets She Keeps, a divorce ranch novel
RENO, 1947. Imagine you’ve had enough of your cheating spouse. You’re ready to leave. But it’s 1947. And that means unless your spouse “gives” you a divorce, you’re stuck.
Or you could go to Reno!
Divorce seekers by the thousands were running to the “Biggest Little City in the World” for a six-week, no-fault divorce. If they had the money and the need for privacy, they stayed on one of the dude ranches around town. Someone called those dude ranches divorce ranches and the name stuck.
Montana cowboy Bill McGee was the dude wrangler on the famous Flying M E divorce ranch, an exclusive hideout for the wealthy. He entertained Eastern socialites with names like Astor and du Pont, and Hollywood movie stars Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. This is his story…
Step back into this bygone era as Bill McGee and his co-author/wife Sandra McGee recapture these glimmering times in a book designed magazine-style and illustrated with 180 vintage images. Read cover-to-cover or skip around at your pleasure.
“Bill McGee’s stories are like an old Hollywood movie coming to life.”
– Judd Pillot, Writer/Producer
Meet Former Nevada Divorce Ranch Wrangler/Writer Bill McGee
A special featurette produced by MadeInCloverland for Twentieth Century Fox