Daniel Webster - The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 38° 04.114 W 120° 32.359
10S E 715856 N 4216281
Quick Description: Plaque for the frog made famous in Mark Twain's story
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 1:11:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM3XY6
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 84

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In 1863, a young journalist named Samuel Langhorne Clemens, traveling from San Francisco, CA to Virginia City, NV spent the night at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, Calaveras County, California. Here, he heard the story of Daniel Webster, a famous frog who jumped higher and further than any other frog around.

His owner, local gambler Jim Smiley never got tired of placing bets on his celebrated jumping frog. One day, a stranger took the bet. But 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.

The story was first published in 1865 in New York's Saturday Press and the young journalist used the pen name Mark Twain. It not only laid the foundation for his fame, it also put the tiny mining town Angels Camp on the world's map.

The town showed its gratitude by placing a bronze plaque for Daniel Webster at the front door of Angels Hotel (see picture above).

These days, Angels Camp proudly calls itself Frogtown USA. 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 Memorial: plaque

Type of Animal: other

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