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Travels of Twain

From San Francisco to Hartford, CT you can find traces of Mark Twain. He was a reporter in San Francisco, went to The Gold Country in hopes of striking it rich - you can find his cabin nestled in the woods near Angels Camp. He wrote a short story after his experiences here about a frog jumping contest in Calaveras County. And you can walk in his footsteps around Lake Tahoe and in Virginia City, Nevada.

He was born in Florida, MO and grew up in Hannibal, MO the setting of the famed Tom Sawyer. Part of the inspiration for some of his books came from his years as a riverboat pilot navigating the Mississippi.

Later in life he lived in Buffalo, NY and Hartford, CT where he penned Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. He traipsed through Manhattan, and he is buried in Elmira, NY where he wrote Huckleberry Finn.

He traveled extensively abroad as well. And his writings helped put Hawaii on the map.

Read a Twain Classic online

Follow in Twains' Footsteps


Attend the Frog Jumping Contest in Calaveras County, California in May.

Angel's Camp Home of the Jumping Frog.

Find MarkTwain's Cabin


Camp at MarkTwain Landing in Monroe City, Missouri.

Visit the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Hike up Cardiff Hill and explore Tom and Becky's infamous cave (you can even camp there).

fence paint

National Tom Sawyer Days are celebrated during 4th of July week in America's Hometown and Mark Twain's boyhood home, Hannibal Missouri. The events include Tomboy Sawyer contest, 4th of July parade and fireworks, wheelbarrow races, frog jumping and fence painting contests.


Tour MarkTwain's House

Read about other Twain Travelers online

Life of Mark Twain: Cruising up Mississippi River

On the Trail of Twain - by the Goza Family (FOTR). Plus read about the Gozas' Fence Painting adventures.

Roadschooling Extensions

The Gold Rush

More Twain

Biography and more links to online books.

Quotes by Twain

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