Inside Clemens's Birthplace

picture courtesy of Mark Twain State Historic Site

"He [Clemens's father] gathered together his household and journeyed many tedious days through wilderness
solitudes toward what was then the 'Far West' and at last pitched his tent in the little town of Florida, Missouri.
He 'kept store' there several years but had no luck, except that I was born to him." Autobiography, 25

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