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Hemingway: 5 places where he lived, drank, wrote

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm •  Published: June 17, 2014

Ernest Hemingway lived, drank, fished and wrote in many locales around the country and the world. One of his most celebrated haunts is Key West, Florida, where the late writer's birthday is marked each July with a Hemingway look-alike contest and other festivities, some held at one of his favorite bars. But fans following the Hemingway trail will also find museums, homes and other places connected to him in Illinois, Idaho, Arkansas and Cuba. Here's a list.


This year marks Key West's 34th annual Hemingway Days celebration, planned for July 15-20, /.

The "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest starts July 17, at Sloppy Joe's Bar, the writer's hangout at 201 Duval St. About 125 bearded contestants compete during preliminary rounds July 17 and 18, with finals July 19.

Also July 19 is the "Running of the Bulls" with man-made bulls on wheels, a nod to the bull run in Spain Hemingway described in "The Sun Also Rises." Other events include a 5K run, paddle-board race and marlin-fishing tournament, July 16-19, honoring Hemingway's love of deep-sea fishing. Winners of a Hemingway short story contest will be announced July 18 at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., where Hemingway first lived in Key West.

The Hemingway Home at 907 Whitehead St., where he lived from 1931 to 1939, offers daily tours, . (The home and grounds are famous for housing many six-toed cats, just like a cat Hemingway once owned.) The Custom House Museum, 281 Front St., has a Hemingway exhibit as well.


Hemingway was born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He left at age 18 to become a reporter at the Kansas City Star, reportedly disparaging his hometown as a place of "wide lawns and narrow minds." Fans can visit the home where he lived for six years, along with a museum, on Oak Park Avenue, Sunday to Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., .

Oak Park marks his birthday with a celebration the evening of July 19 themed on "Hemingway's Paris," with cocktails, food, music and readings. On July 20, kids can decorate cardboard bulls for a "run with the bulls" event.


Hemingway and his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, often visited her family home in Piggott, Arkansas. Today the site is the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, restored to how it would have looked in the late 1920s and '30s. The property includes a barn-turned-studio where Hemingway sometimes wrote. Hemingway was also friendly with Pauline's uncle Gus, who purchased the Key West home for his niece and her husband. The Piggott museum at 1021 W. Cherry St. is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; .


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