Even the next block over can be an adventure - Troublesome Creek that winds through Hindman, Kentucky is where my adventure began

Friday, March 5, 2010

Yon: Huguette Clark's life is an absorbing tale

I imagine Huguette Clark will stay with me today as I go about my business. The daughter of William Andrews Clark, one of the Copper Kings of Butte, Montana, has an interesting tale.

There's something alluring about a recluse, particularly a rich one. Clark, unlike Howard Hughes, is not refusing to cut her fingernails or keeping her urine in jars. She just has not been seen for a long while. Plus, the properties she owns are over the top in elegance, are immaculate... and vacant. Each are for sale.

Ever since 1963, Huguette, who grew up wealthy and has stayed that way, has not been adding in many details to the thread of what she has been up to all these years. She's 103 years old, but no one hears from her except for her lawyer.

Reading about Huguette's past, her robber baron dad, and the properties connected with her, connected me with our family's trips to Montana and New Canaan, CT. William Clark started out panning for gold at Bannack in Montana. We were just there last summer swatting at mosquitos. I wrote about this former mining town, now ghost town for Gadling. To read, click here.

His former home is now a museum and bed and breakfast in Butte, Montana, another place I've been to and written about.

As for New Canaan, another location of Hugeutte's property, I have been to this town where the wealthiest people in the U.S. live and written about it as well.

Huegette Clark's story is one that alludes to nothing gold can stay, particularly for a person who doesn't seem interested in what gold can do.

A big thanks to Bill Dedman who was attracted to Huegette's story enough to write about her. His work has made my day more interesting. Clicking through the photos and Dedman's words on msnbc.com is story-telling at its finest.

Photo by harold.lloyd (won't somebody think of the bokeh?)

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