Zane Grey was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels with idealized images of the Old West. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his bestselling book. Some 110 films have been based on his novels and short stories. WOW!
Pearl Zane Gray was born Jan 31, 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio. It has been suggested that his name derives from the “Pearl Grey” color favored by Queen Victoria in her dress. He was born to Alice Zane & Lewis M. Gray, a dentist. His family came to America in 1673 and changed the spelling of their last name to “Grey” after his birth. Later Grey dropped Pearl and used Zane as his first name (I would too). He grew up in Zanesville, a city founded by his maternal ancestor Ebenezer Zane, an American Revolutionary War patriot. Grey developed interests in fishing, baseball, and writing, all which contributed to his writing success.
Zane Grey fished an average of 300 days a year through his adult life. Grey stayed on Long Key where he helped establish the Long Key Fishing Club and was their President from 1917 to 1920. He indulged his interest in fishing with visits to Australia, New Zealand & Nova Scotia. Grey set a world record for the largest blue-fin tuna on August 24, 1924 when he caught one weighing 758 pounds in Nova Scotia.
Zane Grey died of heart failure on October 23, 1939 at his home in Altadena, California. He was interred at the Union Cemetery in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania.
Wow, what an interesting man who few have heard of! I’m so blessed in doing these blogs, I’ve learned so much and continue to learn about those who’ve called the Florida Keys their home. Zane Grey, I’m proud that you loved our slice of paradise so much that you left your imprint on this area that you too once called home.
You can find the Zane Grey display inside the World Wide Sportsman store upstairs in the restaurant area at Mile Marker 81.4 on US-1 bayside.