I’m falling down in my Mark Twain fandom, obviously. Barbara Schmidt, who keeps the fine site, TwainQuotes (www.twainquotes.com), features this photo of Mark Twain holding an open copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, on one of the main pages at her site.
I did not know such a statue of Twain existed in Texas, let alone within an hour’s travel from my home. I’ll have to track it down.
Why is it there? Twain never set foot in Fort Worth, that I know.
What other great statues hide around Dallas and Fort Worth?
- Photo of the statue by Richard Hawkman
- Mark Twain at Sit-by-me Statutes, Waymarking.com; “Mark Twain is located off Trinity Park Drive in Trinity Park in Fort Worth, Texas. He sits on the right-hand side of the bench, overlooking the Trinity River and holding a copy of Huckleberry Finn in his hand. The statue was ‘Given to the families of Fort Worth for the pleasure of reading together’ by Red Oaks Books and was dedicated on 28 June 2007.”
- Photos at Joy is My Goal
- A 360° panorama shot of the statue and the park at 360Texas
- Silent Movie Time Capsule: Mark Twain and the movies, 1909 Edison footage (moviessilently.com)
- Mark Twain Drafts the Ultimate Letter of Complaint (1905) (openculture.com)
- “Mark Twain remains, censored and uncensored,” NewsOne (photo features Bob Ray Sanders of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram sitting with Twain’s statue)
- Photo by Ben Noey, Jr., of the statue and snowfall, GoSanAngelo; and here in 2010, Star-Telegram photo by Max Faulkner
- Two bovines “hang out” with the statue during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, photo at the Daily Times of Pakistan, 2008
- With other entertaining ramblings, Chamblee54 features a collection of often, rare photos of Twain (“often-rare?”)