It may seem at first flush that the cabin looks too fresh, too new to have been a place where Mark crashed in 1864.
|Yeah, it's made of wood, but it doesn't look OLD somehow|
But you still walk around and marvel.
|At least the fireplace looks old, right?|
So, if you read the plaque at the site, you learn that this is not the original cabin. It was rebuilt 2002-2005 by the Rotarians. However, not even the original cabin was original! It was built in 1922 to commemorate Mark Twain's stay approximately 60 years earlier. Now who feels like a jackass??
|Turns out the cabin is an imposter|
|1929 plaque also deemed "not old enough"|
Am I the only one who wants to put a "C" in the word plaque? I always type "placque" and then fix it.
Sometimes it can be hard to chase down history. If Twain wanted the cabin where he stayed to remain into perpetuity, he should've asked for brick.
It's interesting to contemplate that Twain wrote "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" here, as the placque suggests. Especially since the other plaque suggests the cabin is situated in Tuolumne County. #Hm.
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