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Land That We Love

Larry McMurtry

Second-favorite place: The Ranchman’s cafe, in Ponder.

My favorite place is my wonderful Prairie-style mansion in Archer City. It contains my 28,000-volume library of books, a source of solace and tranquility whenever I’m among them. My second-favorite place is the Ranchman’s cafe, in the town of Ponder, about ten miles west of Denton. I’ve been eating at the Ranchman’s for, maybe, 55 years. I’ve lately learned that Ponder was the first place my forebears settled when they moved from Missouri, in the 1880’s. My grandfather broke horses there for ten years. There was, alas, no Ranchman’s back then.

McMurtry is the author of more than thirty novels (including Lonesome Dove), three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than forty screenplays. His most recent work, The Last Kind Words Saloon, was published in May. He lives in Archer City. 

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