October 14, 2010

Mark Twain Motherlode Festival – Witness history! Twain is BACK!

Bear Valley, CA - The Mark Twain Gold Rush Festival celebrates the colorful history of the Mother Lode and honors the legacy of America’s most renowned writer and humorist. 2010 marks the 175th anniversary of Samuel Clemens birth and the centennial of his death. His 88-day sojourn in the Mother Lode during the winter of 1864-1865 filled his notebooks with observations that captured the spirit and personalities of the time. The famous Jumping Frog story, which came from those notebooks, provided Clemens his first taste of national fame as “Mark Twain” and remains the most well read of all his publications. The Mother Lode has changed less than any of the places in this country where Clemens lived and worked. It is still possible to retrace his footsteps along historical trails, to visit some of the same buildings he frequented while here, and to see the place much as it appeared to a young journalist and aspiring author when it was aflame with Gold Rush fever.

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