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churchill downs

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by pete_nice

On May 2, 1970, Hunter S. Thompson arrived at Churchill Downs to cover the Kentucky Derby for Scanlan's magazine. His subsequent article, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," was the first time he worked with long-time collaborator- illustrator Ralph Steadman. It is also considered to be Thompson's first widely read use of overtly unobjective, first-person "Gonzo" journalism.

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owl farm

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by pete_nice

In late 1967, Hunter S. Thompson used the royalties from Hell's Angels to purchase a property and home outside of Woody Creek, CO. He named it Owl Farm, and often referred to it as his "fortified compound" (located down the road from this address).

On February 20, 2005, Hunter S. Thompson died at Owl Farm from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 67 years old.

His funeral ceremony was held on the same property on August 25th of that year, when his ashes were shot out of a canon that was mounted atop a 153-foot (47 m) tower shaped like a double-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button- the symbol used for his "Freak Power" run for sheriff.

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hunter s. thompson’s apartment

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by pete_nice

The founder of Gonzo journalism lived at this San Francisco apartment during the days of Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

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hunter s. thompson’s childhood home

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by pete_nice

The Thompson family moved to this residence on December 2, 1943, when Hunter was six years old.

A local blogger recounts some of Hunter's childhood stories here.

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woody creek tavern

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by tree

Our friend was a bartender and served HST here.

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