|Born in Virginia City|
VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA
Clemens was born in Missouri, but Mark Twain was born in Virginia
City," is the way Joe Curtis likes to put it. "It was
here, while he was working for the local newspaper, the Territorial
Enterprise, that the famous author first used the pen name by which
we know him."
An extraordinary historian of the Comstock and the West, Joe is frequently engaged as a consultant by authors writing novels or textbooks about Nevada, the Comstock, or Virginia City. "Quite often customers will stop in and inquire about a distant relative who may have lived here, and usually I can locate their address and pass on some historical anecdotes." In addition to his command of the historical issues, Joe is intimately involved with current day Virginia City. He is Chief of the volunteer fire department and involved in a number of historic preservation projects.
Not only does Mark Twain Books have an excellent selection of new books, maps, Western guide books, and children's books, it has an eclectic selection of cards, post cards, rare books, old books, and photographs. While we were visiting Virginia City, we stopped in at least five times. Each time we discovered something we'd missed before, and we had the feeling that if we went back a dozen more times, we'd still be discovering new surprises. Mark Twain Books is a rare find indeed!