On Feb. 3, 1863, a young journalist writing for Virginia City's Territorial Enterprise would take a pen name, a name that would furnish wit, wisdom and Socratic irony to classic literature of Nevada, America and the world - Mark Twain.
Why "Mark Twain?" There are many answers to that question, but let's give Helen Keller the afterthought, "...its nautical significance suggests the deep and beautiful things he has written."
Sam Clemens of 1863 was still rough around the edges, some would say, a drinker and liar of western proportions.
"There is a popular tradition that God Almighty created Nevada; but …