Grab your Levis and boots! Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy, July 25

Posted: July 19, 2020 in Reno Divorce Era
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Bill McGee and Flying M.E. guest taking a beer break on a trail ride, 1948 (Author Collection)


Don your Western wear and watch a classic Western movie

Owen Wister is said to have created the first romantic cowboy in 1902 with his best-selling novel The Virginian. The hero, known as “the Virginian”, was brave and honorable, tough but soft-spoken. The Virginian was portrayed on the big screen in 1929 by Gary Cooper, in 1946 by Joel McCrea, and from 1962 to 1971 by James Drury in a television series of the same name.

Back when: Bill McGee cowboyin’ on the Flying M.E. guest ranch, Franktown, Nevada, 1947-1949

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