The Divorce Seekers

Cover of The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler by Bill and Sandra McGee



A Nevada Dude & Divorce Ranch Memoir
by William and Sandra McGee

True stories. 500 images.

“Best book yet about Nevada’s famous dude-divorce ranch business.”
-Eric Moody, Nevada Historical Society, Reno 




Reno, 1947

A handsome cowboy hires on at the exclusive Flying M.E. divorce ranch for wealthy Easterners.

It was the heyday of the Reno divorce era. Divorce seekers – as the media called them – came running to Reno by the thousands… the rich, the poor, the famous, the working class. If they had the money and wanted their privacy from the prying eyes of the press, they stayed on a divorce ranch… and the Flying M.E. was the most exclusive of them all.

Nevada dude ranch wrangler and author, Bill McGee, 1947

Bill McGee on the Flying M.E., 1947

From 1947 to 1949, Bill McGee was the head dude wrangler on the Flying M.E. He entertained wealthy Eastern socialites with names like Astor and du Pont, and Hollywood movie stars Ava Gardner and Clark Gable.

“At the age of twenty-one and the only man on the ranch, surrounded by all those beautiful and wealthy women, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.” -Bill McGee

Bill McGee and his co-author/wife Sandra recapture those years in The Divorce Seekers – A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler, a collection of true stories about the fascinating and changing cast of characters that came and went every six weeks on the Flying M.E. The coffee table book is richly illustrated with 500 b/w images, most never before published and from the scrapbooks of former Flying M.E. guests or their offspring.

444 pp, 500 b/w photos & illustrations.
Notes, appendices, bibliography, index.
Hardcover, 8.5″ x 11″
BMC Publications (2004)

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