The fascination with Reno divorce ranches continues on with a story “On Her Own” by Lily Tuck (VOGUE, June 2012). Yes, that’s VOGUE magazine and the story’s author is novelist Lily Tuck who got a divorce in 1970 at the Donner Trail Guest Ranch, the last of the legendary Reno divorce ranches. Check it out… the June issue is on the stands now.    -Sandra McGee, Divorce Nevada Style

Click to read the story… Vogue, June 2012, NostalgiaTuck

  1. Kurtis Estes says:

    Is there any way to read the rest of this story? It is amazing! I have looked all over the internet! Please help.


  2. Derek Warren says:

    I lived in the Donner Trail Guest Ranch as a boy for over two years (1977-79). Best years of my childhood! Is there any way I could get a copy of the article?


    • Sandra McGee says:

      Derek, How interesting… I would welcome some of your memories from those years and how you came to live on the Donner Trail Guest Ranch. Please feel free to post additional comments on my blog. I’ve had several requests for copies of the VOGUE magazine story, so I’ve added a link on the VOGUE magazine post to a PDF of the complete story. -Sandra


      • Derek Warren says:

        Thanks for posting the PDF, Sandra. For several years now, I’ve been researching on the old house by looking at the collections library at UNR (the Drackert collection) and visiting Verdi to show my kids the place. It’s kind of a hobby for me.

        We moved into the ranch house in early 1977. We were a large family of 8 children (7 still at home at the time). My father had somehow made a connection with the owners who lived in Italy. They offered to let us rent the house for $350 month. Not bad for 10 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a restaurant-style kitchen, and located in one of the most beautiful places in Nevada. I was 11 at the time. My brother and I roomed together on the third floor, on the east side closest to the neighboring apartments and the Truckee River. My brother and I had so many adventures there that for me, those 2 years seem as if they constitute the entirety of my childhood.

        I was so excited to find your web site, which I found only because I found your book first! Thank you for the research you’ve done and for sharing your experiences. I look forward to reading future posts, and tossing in a few of my own experiences.


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