There are two hundred and ninety four steps up a spiral staircase that take visitors up and which due to the absence of windows, and therefore orientation, is reminiscent of a fairground wacky house attraction, especially when although you know that you were ascending sometimes according to the extreme angle of the tilt of the building it feels as though you were going down at the same time, which, believe me, is a very unusual experience.
Mark Twain described it like this: “The winding staircase within is dark, but one always knows which side of the tower he is on because of his naturally gravitating from one side to the other of the staircase with the rise or dip of the tower. Some of the stone steps are foot-worn only on one end; others only on the other end; others only in the middle.”
I thought of the Leaning Tower of Pisa when I was looking at the leaning buildings of Bodie, Andrew. Also, Twain is going to be part of my post on Virginia City, where he actually got his official start as a writer and adopted the name Mark Twain. –Curt
I’m leaning on the lamppost at the corner of the street until a certain little lady goes by. Oh me! Oh my…. 😉
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