The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Angels Camp, CA, 1865
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 38° 04.114 W 120° 32.359
10S E 715856 N 4216281
Quick Description: This is where Mark Twain got inspired for his first famous story
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 11:21:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM3XXN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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On November 18, 1865, a young, aspiring journalist published a short story in the New York Saturday Press. The newspaper was short lived, but the fame of the author wasn't. It turned out that this story was his first important work in a long line of celebrated stories that made him world-famous. The story: "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"; the author: Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain.
The story is about Jim Smiley, a local gambler who would bet on anything from the death of Parson Walker's wife to fights between his bulldog pup, Andrew Jackson, and other dogs. One day a stranger to the town agreed to bet on a frog jumping higher than Jim's frog, Daniel Webster. When Jim wasn't looking, the stranger poured quail shot into Daniel Webster's mouth making it impossible for him to jump at all. The stranger won the $40 bet and escaped before Jim realized the con.

It isn't clear if Angels Hotel was the place where the infamous jumping contest happened, but this hotel is certified as the place where Mark Twain first heard the story that later made him famous.

Not only Mark Twain gained fame through the story. It also put the tiny mining town Angels Camp on the world's map,
and since the late 1800s, the town celebrates the famous writer and its very own frog jumping history with an annual Frog Jumping Jubilee.

Type of publication: Newspaper

When was the article reported?: 11/18/1865

Publication: York Saturday Press

Article Url: [Web Link]

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How widespread was the article reported?: international

News Category: Entertainment

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