Angels Hotel, SHL No. 734
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 38° 04.114 W 120° 32.359
10S E 715856 N 4216281
Quick Description: The hotel that made Mark Twain famous
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 12:13:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM3XXZ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Marky
Views: 19

Long Description:

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In 1863, a young aspiring journalist named Samuel Langhorne Clemens stayed in this hotel on his way from San Francisco, CA to Virginia City, NV.

Here he heard a yarn about a notorious gambler who lost $40 to a con artist in a frog jumping competition.

The story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was first published in New York in 1865.

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

Text on the Marker

C. C. Lake erected here a canvas hotel in 1851. It was replaced by a one-story wooden structure, and then by one of stone in 1855 with a second story being added in 1857. Here, Samuel Clemens first heard the yarn, which was later to bring him fame as Mark Twain, author of "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

Marker Number: 734.00

Marker Name: Angels Hotel

County: Calaveras

Has Official CA Plaque: yes

Marker Dedication Date: 07/31/1960

NE corner of Main St and Bird Way, Angels Camp

Website: [Web Link]

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