Ed Pearce of KOLO-TV, Reno, interviews former 1940s Nevada dude wrangler Bill McGee on the site of the famous Flying M E divorce ranch, Washoe Valley, Nevada. November 2004.
Carson City, Nevada, September 19, 2009 – Bill McGee and Sandra McGee were among a host of Nevada authors invited to sign books at the Carson City Library’s 11th Annual Oktoberfest.
(Above) That evening the McGee’s celebrated their 29th anniversary at one of their favorite restaurants, Adele’s in Carson City. Bartender Mark Nadreau always takes good of his bar patrons.
(Below) Two cowboys share a quiet moment at Adele’s bar.
Former dude ranch wrangler Bill McGee may have written the ultimate Western kiss-and-tell…a firsthand account of the epic era of the Reno six-week divorce. —Cowboys & Indians Magazine
In the 1930s to 1960s, if you wanted a quick, simple exit from marriage, Reno was the place to go. Divorce seekers by the thousands, including Eastern socialites, movie stars and housewives, came running to Reno to seek the “Reno cure”. Reno was known worldwide as the “divorce capital of the world” and “I’m going to Reno!” became synonymous with getting a “quickie” divorce.
Author Bill McGee experienced this epic era of the American West firsthand as a dude wrangler on the Flying M E, Nevada’s most exclusive divorce ranch located 20 miles south of Reno.
McGee’s personal stories — laced with names like Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, and a Roosevelt, du Pont and Astor – are mixed with sidebars and mini-histories about the era, the sights, the Nevada divorce business, and more.
I may be the only former Nevada dude ranch wrangler — ‘still above ground’ — who lived through this era. —William L. McGee, Author