Territorial Enterprise

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Territorial Enterprise and Virginia City News
Owner(s) Territorial Enterprise Historical and Educational Foundation, a Nonprofit Corporation
Publisher Thomas Muzzio
Editor Thomas Muzzio
Founded 1858
Language English
Headquarters Virginia City, Nevada
Website www.territorial-
enterprise.com

The Territorial Enterprise, founded by William Jernegan and Alfred James on December 18, 1858, was a newspaper published in Virginia City, Nevada. The paper was published for its first two years in Genoa and moved to Virginia City in 1860.[1]

Antique printing press powered by flat-belt, overhead line shaft, at the Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise, Virginia City, NV.

Noted author Mark Twain worked for the paper during the 1860s along with writer William Wright, Dan DeQuille. The young Sam Clemens was hired to cover for DeQuille, who took time off to visit his family in Iowa. Later, Mark Twain and Dan DeQuille, lifelong friends, shared a room at 25 North B St. in Virginia City, steps from the Enterprise offices.

Further information: Mark Twain in Nevada


The paper went out of publication for a while and was revived by Helen Crawford Dorst in 1946 and was later purchased and revived by author, journalist, and railroad historian Lucius Beebe and his long-time companion and co-author Charles Clegg on May 2, 1952. Clegg and Beebe sold the Territorial Enterprise in 1961.[2]

Territorial Enterprise building, Virginia City, NV.

History[edit]

Joseph T. Goodman was owner and editor of the Territorial Enterprise in the 1860s. He was succeeded by William Sharon who hired Rollin Daggett as managing editor in 1874.[3] Charles Carroll Goodwin joined the staff in 1873, and was chief editor from 1875–80, before moving on to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Composing table at the Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise, Virginia City, NV.

Film history[edit]

In the fall of 1959, the NBC western television series, Bonanza, set in Nevada, aired its fifth episode "Enter Mark Twain", with Howard Duff in the role of the young author who comes to work at the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise.[4] The Territorial Enterprise also was prominently mentioned in the series State Trooper, in an episode named "Silver Spiral" 26 Feb 1959 season 3, episode 9 [5]

Today[edit]

Thomas Muzzio is president of the Territorial Enterprise Historical and Educational Foundation, which maintains a Web site dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Territorial Enterprise and the history of journalism in the West.[6]

Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise[edit]

The Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise, a separate entity from the above, operates a museum in the original Territorial Enterprise building in Virginia City, NV. The museum has the original desk used by Mark Twain when he was editor of the paper. Other exhibits include antique printing presses, an early Linotype machine, a proof press, stone composing tables (one of which Mark Twain and other employees of the paper used to sleep on), and various other antiques.[7][8]

Mark Twain’s desk when he was editor of the Territorial Enterprise. Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise, Virginia City, NV.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ ”Territorial Enterprise,” On-Line Nevada Web site (http://onlinenevada.org/territorial_enterprise), Retrieved 9-24-2011.
  2. ^ ”Territorial Enterprise Building,” National Park Service Web site (http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/nevada/ter.htm), Retrieved 9-24-2011.
  3. ^ Ronald James (2009-03-20). "Territorial Enterprise". The Online Nevada Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Bonanza episode guide: Season 1". Bonanza: Scenery of the Ponderosa. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0709727/
  6. ^ ”Mission Statement,” Territorial Enterprise Historical and Educational Foundation Web site (http://www.territorial-enterprise.com/foundation/mission.html), Retrieved 9-23-2011.
  7. ^ ”Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise,” VisitVirginiaCityNV Web site (http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/attractions_marktwain.aspx), Retrieved 9-24-2011.
  8. ^ ”Mark Twain Museum at the Territorial Enterprise,” Nevada Museums, Travel Nevada Web (http://museums.travelnevada.com/destination/mark-twain-museum-at-the-territorial-enterprise.aspx), Retrieved 9-24-2011.

References[edit]

  • Beebe, Lucius (1954). Comstock Commotion: The Story of the Territorial Enterprise and Virginia City News. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 

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