|Location: Dead Horse / Owl Canyon Road, Larimer County, CO|
|GPS: 40d 45m 19s -105d 8m 1s|
|Map / Satellite Image: Google Link|
In this unlikely setting, a dirt road in northern Colorado, Proulx’s overactive imagination was able to connect the expression “stud duck” with Jack’s father, John Twist. Unable to apply her description to John Twist in the screenplay, McMurtry and Ossana did the next best thing and appended it to his bookend character, Jack’s father-in-law, L.D. Newsome.
But, of course, the real fascination of making a leisurely drive down this lonely unpaved road is encountering “the curve” that, in Proulx’s amazing mind, “took Ennis’s parents.” It comes up abruptly after more than seven miles of ruler-straight linear driving. Don’t miss it.
A marker at “the curve” describes the historic 1860s Overland Stage Line which passed nearby.
After you have drawn all of the creative inspiration you can from this spot, by all means continue onward to scenic Owl Canyon. Look for its $3,000 trailers on million-dollar lots and know that you are indeed in Annie Proulx country.
 Brokeback Mountain - Story to Screenplay by Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (Scribner) ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-9416-4, page 132.
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Revised 23 January 2011