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THE DIVORCE SEEKERS: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler
by William L. McGee and Sandra V. McGee
Foreword by William W. Bliss

Hardcover edition: 444 pp, 502 photographs and illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, hardcover, 8.5 x 11″, ISBN 13: 978-0-9701678-1-1, (2004), $49.95.





Cowboyin YearsThe Cowboyin’ Years, 1947-1950: A Nevada Dude & Divorce Ranch Memoir
By William L. McGee as told to Sandra V. McGee

Kindle eBook edition: Updated/condensed from The Divorce Seekers and published with a new title, (2014)


Sample and purchase both editions at Amazon




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 — Eastern socialites, movie stars and housewives — came running to Reno to seek the “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.

Bill McGee experienced this epic era of the American West firsthand as the head wrangler on the Flying M. E., Nevada’s most exclusive dude and divorce ranch located 21 miles south of Reno.

McGee’s memoirs — laced with names like Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Roosevelt, du Pont and Astor – are mixed with local history about his and the guests’ favorite watering holes and places to visit. The people and places he knew are illustrated by 500 photographs and illustrations — most never before published. There are four appendices which cover the history of divorce in Nevada, the divorce lawyers, what happened on a divorce-seeker’s day in court, the other leading Nevada dude and divorce ranches, and a brief history of dude ranching in America which started with Eatons’ Ranch in Wyoming.



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