There’s a fascinating story over at Slate about the infamous “divorce ranches” in Reno, the same kind that Betty Draper and Henry Francis were no doubt flying to at the close of Mad Men Season 3.
From the 1930s to the early 1960s, Nevada—and Reno in particular—served as the divorce capital of the United States. Few other places made ending a marriage so easy. New York, for example, would grant a divorce only if one spouse could prove that the other had been adulterous—with pictures, perhaps, or an eyewitness. Continue reading