Ernest Hemingway embraced local nature and nightspots
with a vigor matched only by his fictional and largely
autobiographical character Nick Adams.
lived in Michigan's wilderness, Hemingway meandered the
meadows of Sun Valley and the Big Wood River.
time in Sun Valley began in 1939 when he came to the area
after Union Pacific Railroad chairman Averell Harriman
invited Hemingway and other celebrities to Sun Valley.
fall of 1939, he finished his novel For Whom the Bell
Tolls. He worked on it while staying in suite 206
at the Sun Valley Lodge.
made his hunting haunt the Silver Creek area near Picabo,
shooting feathered prey and big game.
were going after partridges so he pulled out the tube
of the magazine and poured the long-rifle cartridges into
his hand and then put them into a chamois pouch and filled
the magazine with .22 shorts. They made less noise and
would not tear the meat up if he could get head shots.
Last Good Country" by Ernest Hemingway
Last Good Country" was first published in 1972 in
a collection of Nick Adams stories.
none of Hemingway's fiction or nonfiction is set in the
Wood River Valley, the actions of his characters and the
hunting knowledge revealed were drawn from his life, which
included his time here.
and after 1948, Hemingway stayed at the Ketchum Korral
room 38, along State Highway 75 at the south end of town.
Then known as MacDonald Cabins, Hemingway stayed while
the Sun Valley Lodge was being used as a hospital by the
Navy during World War II.
described a bar in his story "A Clean and Well-Lighted
he often went to the Alpine Club (now Whiskey Jacques)
and the Casino Club, which still exists on Main Street.
health, the Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author feared
he could no longer write and so shot himself dead at his
home in Ketchum.
to visit include the Hemingway House, Hemingway's grave
and his memorial.
ended his life at the Hemingway House, now owned by the
Nature Conservancy, off Warm Springs Road.
can be seen from Saddle Road off State Highway 75, three-quarters
of a mile north of Ketchum. The best view is from the
west side of the highway.
Saddle Road Extension toward Warm Springs Road, then turn
right on Northwood Way and look uphill to the left. The
house has four big windows with green trim and a green
grave is in the Ketchum Cemetery.
north on State Highway 75 through downtown Ketchum for
half a mile and turn right into the cemetery. Take the
right-hand road and stop after the curve. Walk into a
stand of four pines to the right and look for two granite
rectangles flush with the ground.
to Hemingway stands on Trail Creek Road one mile northeast
of Sun Valley Lodge.
for a sign on the right and take the trail going downhill.