Virginia City, Nevada: Mark Twain's Toilet (In Transition)

Future famous author Mark Twain used this toilet when he was a reporter in Virginia City during its Wild West boom years. Poor Mark had to work in a basement. Building is under repair; museum hopes to reopen in late 2021.

Mark Twain Museum

Directions:
In the Mark Twain Museum. Downtown, in the Territorial Enterprise Building, on the east side of S. C St. between Union and Taylor Sts. Big museum signs on the front and north side of the building.
Hours:
Building under repair, hopes to reopen in late 2021. (Call to verify)
Phone:
775-847-0525
Status:
In Transition

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Mark Twain's Toilet

This museum has been closed for a few years now.

[Tara, 06/29/2021]

The historic newspaper office building that houses the museum is currently under repair. The museum expects to reopen by the end of 2021, but repairs always seem to take longer than expected....

Mark Twain's toilet.

Mark Twain's Toilet

The celebrity crapper is just one highlight of the Mark Twain Museum in the basement of the Territorial Enterprise Building, home of Nevada's first newspaper. Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) worked as a reporter for the Enterprise in the 1860s. His office was in the basement, so when Virginia City burned to the ground in 1875, most of his stuff survived.

You can see his desk, the table where he wrote, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," and his toilet, with its helpful "Mark Twain sat here" sign.

[Eric B. Ramey, 04/29/2012]

Personal privies of the famous and infamous are always worth our attention. Who knows how many world-altering ideas have been concocted on these thrones of destiny?


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