Detour on the Steinbeck Highway

Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:58 PM Written by 

RALLS, TEXAS -- George's Restaurant.

I'm not as smart
as I think I am. But I'm still lucky.

Yesterday I thought I found the house on the Scott Ranch where John, Elaine but not Charley  Steinbeck enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday 50 years ago.

The house I found was located north of Amarillo seven miles off Highway 87 in the middle of a vast cattle and oil ranch in Moore County.DSC_0792_copy_copy

It looked like this:DSC_0798_copy







But this morning, as I left Lubbock for New Orleans, I got a call from one of the people in Amarillo I tried to reach yesterday.

The man, an attorney, said the house I'm looking for -- which was  owned by the family of Elaine's ex-husband, actor Zachary Scott -- is another former Scott family house on another former Scott family ranch in another county.

The attorney gave me the name of the Lubbock cattleman who now owns the ranch. I called the owner and, in keeping with the generous spirit of all the Texans I have met, he said I was welcome to go there and check it out.

The  house is east of Amarillo in Clarendon, Texas, on a 40,000 acre ranch. I'm headed there now. It's back the way I came. But after 9,000 miles on the Steinbeck Highway, what's a little 156-mile detour?

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