The First Meaning of “Mark Twain”

Mention Mark Twain and most envision a time of mischief and fence painting and traveling down the Mississippi.
On this day, in 1859, a very young Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was introduced to the origins of these words that forever changed his life; he obtained his steamboat pilot’s license.
Mark Twain was a boatman’s term. It meant the river was two fathoms deep and safe for navigating.
Maybe Samuel felt safe with this pseudonym; there is a fear in writers putting their work out there; I know.
You pretty much know the rest of this tale, Samuel continued to write through the happy and the troubled times of life; and his writing reflected both.
Who knows what we might have missed if the river had not called out to a young boy in Missouri and told him it was safe to take that adventure……

May all your journeys be in waters Mark Twain.


About sknobloch

I am an Author, Artist, and Reiki Master and Intuitive Counselor, offering energy and guidance sessions on people and beloved pet companions. I divide my time between a Northern NJ suburb of Manhattan and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I enjoy pursuing paranormal explorations in this uniquely haunted town. Read more about me at and All writings and photos © Shirl unauthorized copying or use permitted without written permission from the author and photographer, Shirl Knobloch.
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