a brook cascaded down the hillside…

“A little farther on a brook cascaded down the hillside, and he compared it with some of the tiny streams of Switzerland, I believe the Giessbach” , (Mark Twain: A Biography by Albert Bigelow Paine, Chapter 268). The brook cascades down the northern side of Diamond Hill road, emptying into the pond created by the mill-dam on the Saugatuck River. The photo was taken from behind one of the homes on Diamond Hill. The stream drops about 100 feet from the small plateau near where today’s Mark Twain Lane begins. The cascading stream (with few trees to obscure it) would have been highly visible to Twain to his right, as his carriage climbed the hill on his way to his new home.


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