After leaving Cuba for the last time in the midst of the Cuban Revolution, Hemingway relocated to his final home in Ketchum, Idaho, a small community outside Sun Valley. Hemingway had first visited the area in 1939 at the invitation of Averill Harriman, Chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad. It was hoped that Hemingway’s celebrity would add some cachet to the up and coming resort town of Sun Valley.
Hemingway soon took to Idaho. He could easily enjoy two of his greatest passions, fishing and hunting, in the pristine countryside that was wide open and full of wildlife. Hemingway spent many autumns in Idaho, fishing and hunting the land, until buying his own home there in 1958.
Hemingway’s spirit lives on today in Ketchum. Just outside of town lies a memorial to the man who was one of the twentieth century’s greatest personalities. Under a bust of Hemingway a plaque displays an epitaph originally penned by Hemingway himself for a friend.
“Best of all he loved the fall
The leaves yellow on the cottonwoods
Leaves floating on the trout streams
And above the hills
The high blue windless skies
Now he will be a part of them forever”