July of 1861, Samuel L. Clemens and his brother, Orion, arrived in St. Joseph by riverboat from St. Louis. "The first thing we did on that glad evening that landed us at St. Joseph was to hunt up the stage-office, and pay a hundred and fifty dollars apiece for tickets per overland coach to Carson City, Nevada."
Tuesday 7th August 1860
Precisely at 8 AM appeared in front of the Patee House the Fifth Avenue Hotel of St Jo the vehicle destined to be our home for the next three weeks We scrutinized it curiously
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