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Hemingway Adventure

Horton Bay, Michigan

Horton Bay, Michigan, USA 
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Horton Bay, Michigan, inspiration for Hemingway's earliest published stories and very little changed.
Michael Palin - Hemingway Adventure'Hortons Bay, the town, was only five houses on the main road between Boyne City and Charlevoix,’ wrote Hemingway, recalling it from a cold and draughty apartment in Paris, in 1922.

Seventy-six years on it pretty much matches his description. The two-lane blacktop from Charlevoix bridges Horton Creek and curves right, past the ‘general store and post office with a high false front’ and the 117-year-old Red Fox Inn, close by a grove of basswood and maple trees, old enough for Ernest to have walked beneath them.

We push open the door of the inn to find ourselves in a big front room on whose tables is arranged a dusty selection of Hemingwayana. There is no one there except a boy of maybe nine or ten, who, on seeing us, snaps into a terrific sales spiel covering all the Hemingway connections with Horton Bay and the relevant books in which we might find them - including ‘Up in Michigan’. It doesn’t come as a complete surprise to find out the boy’s name is Ernest. Or that his father, Jim Hartwell, is the son of Vol Hartwell, who taught Hemingway to fish.
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The General Store, where fishermen can still buy the big fat worms they call night crawlers.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Horton Bay, Michigan
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Horton Bay, Michigan
  • Book page no: 27

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