One of the Mother Lode´s most popular historical landmarks has been restored and will be dedicated at 11:30 Wednesday morning.
The newly rebuilt Mark Twain cabin will officially be unveiled during a ceremony at the cabin site off of Highway 49 near Columbia and Tuttletown. The work was done under the umbrella of the Centennial Project by the Sonora Sunrise Rotary.
The project was overseen by Sonora Rotarian Jerry Kahl in cooperation with Tuolumne County. Kahl says the new cabin is a replica of the previous one, but much more sturdy.
“The county provided an architect. He drew up some plans and we followed those as closely we could. We now have what was essentially torn down before, but it´s much more sturdy and hopefull will last a lot longer than the other one did.”
Author Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, stayed in the cabin with a pair of friends during the winter of 1865-66. He took his experiences and turned them into literature, including stories he had heard in a Mother Lode saloon about Calaveras County´s famous jumping frog.