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Faced with no available lodgings when he arrived in Medicine Bow in 1885, American author Owen Wister was forced to spend his first night at the counter of the town's general store. Had he visited 26 years later, he could have slept at the Virginian Hotel, named after his well-known novel “The Virginian.” Published in 1902, Wister's book became the inspiration for two stage plays, two silent films, a “talking” film and a television series in the 1960s.
Although Wister first described the modest town of Medicine Bow as a “wretched husk of squalor,” he later wrote: “I don't wonder a man never comes back [East] after he has once been here a few years.” Medicine Bow's still-operating Virginian Hotel now stands as a town landmark.

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