Mark Twain’s beautiful description of the West in Innocent’s Abroad

el paso desert

El Paso Franklin Mountains

In Mark Twain’s travel narrative, Innoncents Abroad, he describes his voyage by rail from Missouri to California in one long, beautiful sentence:

” Thirteen hundred miles of desert solitude; of limitless panoramas of bewildering perspective; of mimic cities of pinnacled cathedrals, of massive fortresses, counterfeited in the eternal rocks and splendid with the crimson and gold of the setting sun; of dizzy snows, where thunders and lightning a and tempests warred magnificently at our feet and the storm clouds above swung their shredded banners in our very faces!”

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El Paso sunset

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