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.
Mark Twain and Major Pond depart Anaconda and travel to Helena, first joining the ladies in Butte. An acquaintance of Sam's from the Silver City days arrives at the Montana Club for a settlement but the situation is diffused by Senator Sanders.
Mark Twain and Major Pond take the train to Anaconda, Montana. It was a small audience. The narration includes the creation of the Anaconda spur of the Montana Central Railroad and the antics of the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific.
Mark Twain, his wife Livy and daughter Clara, along with Major Pond and his wife take the Montana Central Railway from Great Falls, Montana to Butte, Montana. The video touches upon a number of historical events and locations along the way. The train passes Egbert Malcolm Clarke's ranch, whose death touched off one of the bloodiest massacres perpetrated by the US Army. The train travels through a Missouri River canyon that experienced a major dam failure. The video also touches on the silver mining financial bubble that burst just two years before Mark's visit.
Mark is the very first guest at the Crookston Hotel, in Minnesota. He gives a show there then boards the Great Northern Railway train for Great Falls, Montana. He travels through the wheat fields of North Dakota then the high plains. The route follows the Missouri River from Williston to Fort Buford, then through the Glasgow region of Montana past Fort Assinaboine to Fort Benton, then into Great Falls. We sample bits of the history of the railway and of the native peoples displaced by it.
Mark Twain travel route from St. Paul, Minnesota to Winnepeg, Canada in 1895. Following the route of the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway and the Great Northern Railway. Narration along with Vess L. Ossman's banjo medley of a Little Bit of Everything.
Mark Twain and party depart Duluth and head for Minneapolis and St. Paul. Along the way we hear about Hiawatha, not the Longfellow fantasy but the co-founder of the Iroquois Confederation. The party travels along the St Paul and Duluth railroad.
Mark and Major Pond depart Petoskey by train, take the ferry to Mackinac Island then board the SS North West bound for Duluth via the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior. They land in Duluth, give the show and depart via train for Minneapolis.