Established in Genoa in 1858, the Territorial Enterprise was to become one of the most important newspapers in the early American West, with its reporters counted among the best journalists (and liars) in the country. The paper moved to Virginia City in 1860, employing the aspiring writer Samuel Clemens from 1861-1864. A painting of Mark Twain is located in this panorama next to a desk purported to be his, but it is unlikely that the desk could have survived the great fire of 1875. This “Mark Twain Museum” is located in the second Territorial Enterprise building in Virginia City, erected immediately after the fire.

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