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Spirit of Hunter S. Thompson lingers at his favorite Colorado bar
Spirit of Hunter S. Thompson lingers at his favorite Colorado bar

On most days someone will wander into this rustic little saloon in a lush valley outside Aspen seeking directions to the house of late journalist Hunter S. Thompson. "I tell them, 'You know he's dead, don't you?'" said Rachael Bannon, a waitress at the Woody Creek Tavern. These "Hunter hunters" often wear black, smoke cigarettes in slender holders and have "gonzo" tattooed somewhere. The regulars will smile politely and send them in the wrong direction. "They've even offered me money, but I'll never tell," one said. Ten years after Thompson's suicide at his nearby Owl Farm home, the bar where he got...

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