Mark Twain in the West: An Exhibition
California Gold Country

The Gillis Cabin circa 1900

Photographed by C. Gladstone Bird of Oakland, California, who sent a copy to Samuel Clemens in 1908, and received the following reply from Albert Bigelow Paine, Clemens’s biographer:

He asks me to thank you for it and to say that it is certainly the real cabin. . . . A year ago I . . . paid a visit to that very spot, though, of course, no trace of the old cabin is left. I did see Steve Gillis and his brother Billy, who were there so long ago, and got much rich material.

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