Lew Freedman: "Hemingway in Wyoming: Writer fished Clarks Fork, stayed in Cody"

“The native trout were sleek, shining and heavy and nearly all of them leaped when they took the fly.” – Ernest Hemingway, “The Clark’s Fork Valley.”

For a man who led a messy life, Ernest Hemingway had neat penmanship.

As befits someone regarded as perhaps the greatest American writer, his signature does not require squinting or deciphering.

Ground zero for little-known Hemingway episodes in Wyoming can be pinpointed to the Chamberlin Inn in downtown Cody where he spent two nights in October of 1932.

The large book register he signed with his artistic autograph is preserved under glass near the bar. Hemingway gave his address as Key West, Fla.

There is an Ernest Hemingway room in the 1907 inn that manager Bill McPherson said is “our most specifically requested room.”

Copies of Hemingway books line a desk and the wall features a framed telling of Hemingway’s stay, a picture of the writer, and a letter from a friend explaining his fascination with the area.

It reads in part, “Hemingway loved Wyoming and told friends that the best fishing in the world was at the Clark’s Fork Branch (of the Yellowstone River).”

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