As you have probably read in an AP article, the proposal for formal naming
of the cove where Sam Clemens and John Kinney (and the next week, Sam and
Tom Nye) camped at Lake Tahoe has been tabled. I have some letters of
support which, in view of the Washoe Indians' comments, I kept in my briefcase.
The fact is, the cove is becoming known among visitors to the lake as the
Sam Clemens campsite.
The Washoe Tribe has a fair interest in the issue; The lake is their
ancestral home. The tribal representative, Darrel Cruz, was very courteous in
requesting that the board not send the name forward to the national Board on
Geographic Names. The board chose not to vote, but to table the issue.
The nonsense raised against the cove as being the campsite has no merit.
Combining the backgrounds of the people involved with formal, recorded
primary documents and court filings relative to the Brigade claim leave no doubt
about the location of the September 1861 camp.
For the AP story, go to: http://www.therepublic.com/search enter search
term: Mark Twain.