B. Scott Holmes

Just trying to stay alive and keep my sideburns too
Kuna Glacier circa 1975

The Kuna Glacier circa 1975. It no longer looks like this.

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North America: 1895 - Great Falls to Butte

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 23:15 -- scott

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.

North America: 1895 - Crookston to Great Falls

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 17:25 -- scott

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.

North America: 1895 - Mackinac Island to Petoskey, Michigan

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:35 -- scott

Mark Twain's lecture in Petoskey, Michigan. The Northern Arrow train and a note on the demise of the passenger pigeon.




Eccentricities of Genius by Major Pond

Mark Twain Day by Day, by David Fears

North America: 1895 - Buffalo to Cleveland

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 13:02 -- scott

Mark Twain travels from Buffalo, New York to Cleveland, Ohio. Along the way the video touches on the first arrival of the railroad in Dunkirk, the Erie Gauge War and the Ashtabula bridge disaster.

Exchange Street Station, Buffalo: http://ethw.org/File:New_York_Central_Railroad_Depot.jpg

Ashtabula Freight: http://www.west2k.com/ohpix/ashtabulanycfreight.jpg

North America: 1895 - Elmira to Buffalo

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:05 -- scott

Mark Twain, his wife Livy and daughter Clara, along with his manager Major Pond and his wife, travel from Elmira, New York to Buffalo, New York on the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad. This is the beginning of his 1895 journey around the world.

Thanks to Thomas J. Reigstad, Emeritus Professor of English SUNY Buffalo State for publishing his review of "Chasing the Last Laugh". That's how I found out that Twain went to Buffalo and not to Salamanca.


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