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Mark Twains Western Adventures Samuel Clemens began a 57- year habit of traveling around the world in 1953 at the age of seventeen when he first left his home in Hannibal Missouri It was not until 1861 that he began his western adventures when he accompanied his brother Orion to Nevada The adventures that he experienced during this trip and other trips to the West became the basis of some of Mark Twains future writings Samuel Clemens actually adopted the pen name of Mark Twain in 1963 between his Nevada adventures and the California experiences Clemens had decided to make the trip with his brother who had newly been appointed as Secretary of the Territory of Nevada because as he explained later in life he regarded himself quite a rich man from his earnings as a steamboat pilot for the previous couple of years and was paying his brothers passage for him As long as he was paying he decided to go too and see if he could find some work on the frontier especially since the rivers were now closed to navigation The daily events of the Nevada trip were actually chronicled by Clemens brother who kept a detailed journal The two brothers traveled by steamboat up the Missouri River to St Joseph and from there took a 20 day stage coach trip traveling over 1700 miles to Carson City Nevada The cost of this trip was about 200 each When they got to Nevada silver fever had already gripped the area and Clemens was not immune Records show that he purchased two mines one for 500 in the Black Warrior Ledge and the other for 200 in the Farnum Lode There is also a record of a stock certificate for five shares in the Sonora Silver Mining Company The experiences of the trip to Nevada and his upcoming trip to California were later to be used to his book
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