At the Territorial Enterprise Newspaper Building, one of the oldest structures in Virginia City, visitors are treated to far more than just a historic building. It’s also the home of the Mark Twain Museum, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of the famous American author and the history of both Virginia City and the Comstock Lode.
In the latter part of the 19th century, Samuel Clemens reported on the Nevada constitutional convention for the Territorial Enterprise, which is when he began using his pen name of Mark Twain.Today, visitorscan browse an intriguing selection of artifacts, a collection of preserved newspaper clippings and original equipment that was once used in the newspaper’s publishing and printing. The museum allows access to both the building’s upper level, which is stocked with well-preserved artifacts, and its basement, where Mark Twain spent much of his time. While he worked at the newspaper, he also gathered material for his many stories and books from his experiences with the lively characters and events of the Comstock.
The Mark Twain Museum is open year-round with special winter hours. Admission is just one dollar and gets visitors a self-guided tour told through the Nevada side of the famous author.