Scott, Yes, the building is at the northwest corner of the intersection
of Main St. and Whittlesey Ave., in downtown Norwalk. Its actual
address is 2 W. Main St. Philip
On 6/24/2021 2:51 AM, Scott Holmes wrote:
> Thank you for confirming the identity of the railroad. You mention
> that the Whittlesey Hall building now has a Chinese restaurant. Would
> this be the "Peking House" on Whittlesey Avenue? Along with railroads
> I am attempting to locate Twain's venues.
> On 6/23/21 4:10 PM, Philip Bauer wrote:
>> Scott and others:
>> Mark Twain spoke in Norwalk OH (near where I now live) on Jan. 21,
>> 1869 on his American Vandal speaking tour. The previous night (20th)
>> ) he had lectured in Toledo and the next night (22nd), he returned to
>> his Cleveland base for another engagement.
>> At the time, the existing railroad that would have connected the
>> three cities was the Cleveland & Toledo Railroad. It also had a
>> locomotive facility in Norwalk which became the town's largest employer.
>> The brick building where Twain spoke still stands as a two-story
>> building with a Chinese restaurant on the lower level. The third
>> floor was a large community room where Twain spoke and it was
>> removed some time later after wind damage.
>> Twain, of course, was not widely known at the time so he warranted
>> only a squib in the weekly Norwalk Reflector five days later:
>> "Whittlesey Hall was crowded to its sitting capacity on Thursday
>> evening, on the occasion of the lecture by "Mark Twain." His
>> discourse was a fine one of its kind. ---- Its humorous points
>> convulsing the audience with frequent laughter --- while its
>> occasional burst of eloquence showed the author to be a prolific
>> writer and one thoroughly conversant with the subject which he
>> treated. On the whole, Mr. Twain's lecture was a decided success."
>> Nowalk's local historian has told me that during the day before the
>> lecture, Twain had visited the home of a prominent local banker but
>> found no one home so he left his calling card on the porch.
>> Another interesting coincidence is that Henry Wheeler Shaw (later
>> known as Josh Billings) lived with an uncle in Norwalk for a time
>> when he was about 20 years old.
>> Philip Bauer, Sandusky OH
>> On 6/11/2021 2:18 PM, Scott Holmes wrote:
>>> For those interested in such things, I have been trying to map
>>> Twain's travels associated with his 1868-69 American Vandals Tour.
>>> The University of Nebraska has a collection of kmz files for
>>> railroads up to 1870 and it is these that I have most relied on.
>>> Many segments don't have names and many are approximations of
>>> routes. It's not possible to accurately compare these with the USGS
>>> maps of the regions as the government maps are more recent and
>>> railroad companies have been unstable in regards to ownership and
>>> locations. Many of these reported railroads do not seem to be known
>>> to Google.
>>> I have often seen remarks on Mark Twain becoming
>>> fatigued/disenchanted with touring. Examining these maps may
>>> provide some indication just why this happened. He covered a lot of
>>> miles. I have divided the tour up into 6 arbitrary sections for my
>>> Twain's Geography site, mainly to lessen confusion with the maps.