|Location: 37 Kelly Creek Road, Centennial, WY|
|GPS: 41d 17m 20s -106d 9m 6s|
|Map / Satellite Image: Google Link|
Brokeback Mountain was “born” in a 3,500 square foot home which occupies an elevated two-acre parcel under imposing Centennial Ridge  in the Medicine Bow National Forest. This house was Proulx’s home between 1995 and 2006. A visitor wrote that “her home is like her books, like her; it opens out in unexpected directions, full of colorful stories.”  It is decorated in deep greens, blues, and browns with exposed log work. The house has an open kitchen and a wood stove.
The art? Eclectic, but you already knew that! Western landscapes by John Hull, a cowboy illustration from Close Range, hand-carved wooden snakes, a Serrano gagged priest , and a windmill fragment gathered as she researched That Old Ace in the Hole lined its walls. Proulx appreciates art and sometimes paints with watercolors, recording landscapes for reference while writing.
A bit unpolished in some respects, Centennial is a former mining town of approximately 200 people. Before the Brokeback phenomenon, and now that its creator has moved on, most everything in Centennial centers on the historic Mountain View Hotel, which dates to 1907.
Locals we spoke with (“had to ask about ten different people”) said that they were aware that Proulx was their neighbor, but that they rarely saw her. “She drove a truck,” said an obliging patron in the bar where we conducted our research. Proulx’s work habits are legendary—12- to 16-hour days are the norm. Each word and phrase is carefully vetted for authenticity. Everything is written in longhand. No line, not even a word, is ever drafted casually.
Just west of Centennial are the imposing Medicine Bow Mountains, which are mentioned in the story. 
 The Independent, March
18, 1995, “Cornfields and the smell of
woodsmoke,” D.J. Taylor,
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Revised 07 June 2011