Entrance to Greenhorn Creek and CAMPS Restaurant home of the Mark Twain Library.

Entrance to Greenhorn Creek and CAMPS Restaurant — home of the Mark Twain Library.

Mark Twain’s 88 Days in the Mother Lode” by Jim Fletcher, chronicles the fascinating, wonderful stories and the life of Sam Clemens, who would become Mark Twain, and the extraordinary people and adventures he would share during his 88-day stay in the Mother Lode, Angels Camp and Jack Ass Hill in 1864. It was a significant turning point in his life at an uncertain time.

After a great deal of reading, research, and listening, Jim Fletcher discovered there was a fascinating story to tell, especially about Sam Clemens’ journey west, how he came to Jackass Hill, and the extraordinary men who shared those days with him — Jim Gillis, Dick Stoker, and Billy Gillis.

MT-Camps_8.5x11FlyerIn the fall of 2013, at CAMPS Restaurant at Greenhorn Creek, the first one-hour presentations by “Miner Jim” of “Mark Twain’s 88 Days” debuted in the newly remodeled Mark Twain Library, describing the Gold Rush and Mark Twain’s early life and journey to Jackass Hill. Included in his presentation is the story of how Sam Clemens, at a bar in the Angels Hotel, would hear the tale of, and eventually write, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” the story that catapulted him into fame as one of America’s most prominent writers, celebrities and entertainers in history.

Visitors as well as people living in the area warmly received the presentations. After seeing Jim Fletcher’s presentation two independent filmmakers, John C. Brown and Bert Simonis of thisandthatfilms.net agreed that there was, indeed, a wonderful story to tell about Mark Twain and his 88 days on the hill, which inspired them to begin working on a new film: “88 Days in the Mother Lode: Mark Twain Finds His Voice.”