Sam Clemens, wife wife Livy and daughter Clara depart from the North American continent after speaking engagements in Vancouver and Victoria. Narration is from Major Pond's reminiscences published in Eccentricities of Genius.
Mark Twain and company complete the journey from Elmira, New York to the Pacific Ocean, in preparation for his around the world tour. He speaks in Portland, Oregon, Olympia, Washington and Tacoma, Seattle, Whatcom, which became Bellingham, and Vancouver, British Columbia. The entire Pacific Northwest was envolped in smoke from forest fires and Mark suffered from respiratory problems. He visits one more city, Victoria, British Columbia, to speak and depart on the voyage to Australia.
Mark Twain and his party travel on the Northern Pacific Railway from Tacoma, Washington to Portland, Oregon. At this time there was not a direct connection but the train needed to be taken aboard a ferry at Kalama, Washington and transported across the Columbia River to Goble, Oregon and then on into Portland.
An excerpt from Autobiography of Mark Twain, volume 3. Maria McManus was Clara Clemens' wet nurse until she was weaned. In a later reference Twain wrote "give her all the beer and whisky and brandy and tobacco and green fruit and lemon-pie she might want, and turn her loose on the nursery, and have no solicitude about the results.:
Mark Twain and his party complete their journey to the Pacific on this leg from Skykomish to Tacoma. The railroad terminus was Seattle followed by a steamboat ride to Tacoma. This video explores the histories of Snohomish, Index, Monroe and Everett. We ponder the loses of the native Americans with the Treaty of Point Elliot and marvel at the performance of the fast little steamboat called The Flyer of Puget Sound.
August 8th of 1895 Mark Twain rides with an engineer and fireman on the Great Northern Railroad train passing over the Cascades on the switchbacks. This is the route followed before either of the Cascades tunnels were built.
Taking credit, or at least the money, for James Fennimore Cooper's literary offenses; Great Northern Railway equipment, club life along the journey; Harrington, Washington; the Channeled Scablands and Missoula Floods; Wilson Creek, a railway division point; Wild Horse herds in Ephrata; Packing for travel and shaving; the Rock Island Bridge, boon and bane; Wenatchee Valley, once a salmon fishery; Leavenworth and the Tumwater Canyon Route; Pullman Carbuncles.
Mark Twain and party travel on the Northern Pacific Railway from Missoula, Montana to Spokane, Washington, through Idaho. We hear about the Arlee Pow Wow, the Missoula floods and Clara plays a Chopin nocturne. Mark still shows his bigotry towards American Indians by his annoyance with "squaws" foraging and begging in the back streets of Spokane.
Twain's party travels to Missoula, comparing the time taken just twelve years earlier. They are the guests of the soldiers at Fort Missoula and are treated to the marching band of the Twenty Seventh United States Colored regiment.