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.
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
Mark Twain and company depart Sault Ste Marie aboard the steamship F.S. Faxton and travel to Mackinac Island. He speaks that night at the Grand Hotel.
Eccentricities of Genius 202-4
The Cleveland show, a balcony full of boys; Pelee Island, vineyards in Canada; Docking in Detroit; Ships of the Northern Steamship Company; Mackinac Island; Sault Ste Marie
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
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.