About this Tour
Narrated by Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, Mariel Hemingway, Hemingway Highways explores the author's time in the Bighorn Mountains and other parts of Wyoming. The tour route follows Route 14 and Highway 20 between Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park and Cody. You can choose to take this tour driving either east- or west-bound.
Hemingway Highways explores Ernest Hemingway’s enduring connection to the state of Wyoming. This tour chronicles parts of Hemingway's life that are less well known and documented in popular literature, with a focus on time he spent in Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Casper, Cheyenne, and Laramie in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
Hemingway’s visits to Wyoming typically included his four favorite past times: writing, drinking, fishing and hunting. For example, during one hunting trip in 1930, he fell off his horse and was injured. After borrowing a car and driving to Cody, he was patched up by a local doctor who gave him a bottle of Oscar Pepper Whiskey for the pain. He drank the whiskey, one of a handful of whiskey brands still sold for "medicinal purposes" during Prohibition, on a picnic table outside of the old Crandall Creek Ranger Station. Aided by some liquid courage, he then hiked up to Crandall Creek and shot his first bear.
We hope you will get a sense of his desire to explore wild, rugged places and how the untamed scenery he visited shaped his life and writing. "When you like to shoot and fish, you have to move often, and always further out," he wrote in a 1934 Esquire magazine letter.
Tour Sponsors This audio tour is presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council and Sheridan College, with support from the National Endowment of the Humanities.
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