Looking at the maps I have for railroad routes in 1861 and 1870 it does
not seem likely that Twain visited Sandusky. He began the tour in
Cleveland but went to Pittsburgh - November 17 - 19. January 20th he
was in Toledo, then Norwalk on the 21st, and Cleveland on the 22nd.
Looking at the maps it is most likely he rode the Cleveland and Toledo
line. There was a line, called the Junction railroad, between Toledo
and Cleveland, and was eventually known as the Northern Division but
the section from Sandusky to Toledo was abandoned.
I haven't done anything with Twain's earlier tours, except grap the
itineraries from http://www.twainquotes.com/SpeechIndex.html
On Thu, 2020-04-16 at 17:23 -0400, Philip Bauer wrote:
> Hey Scott, I am a newer Mark Twain scholar. When I give talks, I
> about how close Twain got to Sandusky OH where I live. In his 1869
> lecture tour, he probably criss-crossed here.
> He spoke in Cleveland and then went to Toledo and then back to
> (about 10 miles south of Sandusky). Do you happen to know his
> There was the Lake Shore Electric Railroad that went between Toledo
> Cleveland with Sandusky mid-line and Norwalk on another trunk. Can
> possibly confirm that he took the Lake Shore Electric? Thanks,
> On 4/16/2020 1:22 PM, scott wrote:
> > Sam wrote Livy from Toledo, while on the Twain-Cable tour, about
> > the
> > prettiest furniture he'd seen in a hotel. I believe I have
> > determined
> > that the hotel was The Hibbard House in Jackson, MI. Ironically,
> > it
> > was a replacement for this hotel that was awarded an historical
> > building status, The Otsego Hotel. I mention this for those
> > interested
> > in Twain landmarks.