Submitted by scott on Wed, 04/15/2020 - 08:05

Despite the heavy burden of work that faced him, it is nevertheless clear that Mark Twain had determined, even before his arrival, to lecture in California and Nevada, covering, in general, the same itinerary as his 1866 tour.  He needed money, and he knew that no other activity promised so lucrative and quick a financial return as the platform.  He lost no time in making his plans known.  In reporting his arrival in San Francisco, the Alta California announced on April 3 that the genial and jolly humorist proposed to lecture in a few days.  (Lorch, p. 74)

April 17 – 29, 1868 - Lecture Tour, California and Nevada: at least 7 engagements - "Pilgrim Life"

Clemens took the California Steam Navigation Company’s daily steamer to Sacramento on 16 April, where he lectured the following night. After also lecturing in nearby Marysville (18 April), Nevada City (20 April), and Grass Valley (21 April), he returned to Sacramento, and on 23 April took the 6:30 a.m. Central Pacific train for Nevada (Langley 1867, “Advertising Department,” vii; “Railroads and Stages,” San Francisco Alta California, 23 Apr 68, 4).    

To Samuel Williams  14 April 1868 • San Francisco, Calif.


April 17 - Metropolitan Theater, Sacramento, California

I have found no reference to how Twain traveled to Marysville but I suspect, just as in '66, he took the steamer.

April 18 - Marysville, California

April 20 - Nevada City, California

April 21 - Grass Valley, California

From Sacramento, Central Pacific Railroad to Donner Summit; A Six-Horse Sleigh to Donner Lake; Mail Coach to Coburn's Station; then railway and stagecoaches to Virginia City.

April 27 and 28 - Piper's Opera House, Virginia City, Nevada (see Maguire's Opera House)

April 29 - Carson City, Nevada

April 30 - School Benefit, Carson City, Nevada - "Sandwich Islands"

From Virginia City and Over the Sierra Nevada to Sacramento.

From Sacramento to San Francisco

Depart San Francisco

Sam again travels to New York from San Francisco, crossing the Isthmus.