Bob Rogers, historian, former director of Angels Camp Museum, a friend and cohort, expert on Mark Twain archives.


Ken Burns, makes the history come alive!  His documentary film, “Mark Twain,” is a memorable heart-breaking journey through the triumphs and tragedies of Twain’s life.


Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of Flags of Our Fathers, who wrote “Mark Twain:  A Life,” the current and most impressive scholarly work about Mark Twain.


Albert Bigelow Paine, wrote and published “Mark Twain, a Biography,” a four-volume work published in 1912, which included retracing Twain’s journey into the West and his stay on Jackass Hill.


George Williams III, wrote an entire series of books about Mark Twain’s life and adventures in the West. Three of his books, “Mark Twain: His Adventures in Aurora,”  “Mark Twain: His Life in Virginia City, Nevada,” and “Mark Twain and the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” are well researched histories about Twain’s times in the West and on Jackass Hill in the winter of 1864 -1865, including a history of the frog jump story.

Billy Gillis, wrote several volumes about the 88-day period of time when Mark Twain lived with him in a little cabin on Jackass Hill. Billy wrote a personal history, “Goldrush Days with Mark Twain in 1930,” and a second edition, “Memories of Mark Twain and Steve Gillis.” They are his first-person accounts of life during the Gold Rush and remembrances of his days with Sam Clemens.

Robert Gordon, a local historian, on staff at the Tuolumne County Historical Society in Sonora, CA, a source for invaluable historical research.

Bob Kolakowski, a semi-retired, and genial, history-loving keeper-of-the-bar at CAMPS Restaurant.


Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, California, Mr. Robert Hirst, General Editor, and Mr. Victor Fisher, Principal Editor, were engaging, helpful Mark Twain resources who know virtually everything about his history and provided photos, manuscripts, and memorabilia.


Monika Rose, Manzanita Writer Press, in San Andreas, CA., encouraged and inspired, along with a regional group of stellar poets and writers who, after reading the first 20 pages of Jim’s prose LIKED it! and, embraced it as truly important history in the Mother Lode.