Nevada Church That Twain Helped Build Gets Restoration Funds

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada church that Mark Twain helped
build as a fledgling writer in the 1860s is getting financial help
from the city.

The Carson City Board of Supervisors has voted to give $78,800 to the First Presbyterian Church to help build a new sanctuary and preserve the historic, adjacent church.

Mark Twain raised $200 -- worth about $2,200 today -- to help complete construction of the church by charging admission to his
1864 "roast" of Nevada lawmakers in Carson City.

At the time, Twain was a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise in nearby Virginia City. His brother was a church member and secretary of the Nevada Territory.

Historic preservationists argued it would have been a mistake to tear down the old church because it's a rare link to Twain's days in Nevada.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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