(summer 1969) Duane Neal’s barn   Leave a comment

The Thomas Trail: every contact leaves traces




(summer 1969) Duane Neal’s barn

Black Otter Guide Service, “A family business operating since 1968.” Duane Neal’s current address: 131 Pray Road, Pray, MT

In July 1968, Tom and Jim Harrison took a pack trip in the Crazies with Duane Neal, a Pray outfitter. Neal told them, “If you come back again next summer you can live at my ranch.” The McGuanes accepted the offer, returning to Montana in 1969. Hjortsberg received a postcard, “Fishing great. Have a ranch. Come join us. Tom.” Jim Harrison was there, too. The three writers had portable typewriters. They spent the summer laughing, writing, and joking in the old barn.


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Posted May 5, 2015 by Nadar in Thomas McGuane

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