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    Illustrations In Mark Twain Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 22, 2014

    There are a number of very interesting illustrations in the Mark Twain Museum dealing with the works of Mark Twain. These include movie posters, Norman Rockwell paintings and other illustrations. Also included were a couple of illustrations from his comedic piece "Eve's Diary" which I had not heard of.

    Illustrations of Twain's Works Baseball and King Arthur Movie Poster Rockwell Painting Eve's Diary Illustration
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    Mark Twain Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 22, 2014

    The Mark Twain Museum houses a very nice collection of artifacts, memorabilia and illustrations dealing with the life, philosophy, and works of Mark Twain. They are well-presented and educational. A MUST see for all fans of Twain and his stories. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily except major holidays. Admission is included with a package deal at the boyhood home.

    Mark Twain Museum Mark Twain Consulting with Tom and Huck Twain's Writing Desk Display Twain in Nevada
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    Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

    by Basaic Updated Oct 21, 2014

    Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on 30 November 1835 in a small cabin in the tiny town of Florida, Missouri. The family moved to Hannibal when young Sam was 4, into a house where the boy who would become Mark Twain lived until he was 18. When he was 11 his father died and he got a job at a newspaper where he began his love affair with words. Twain left Hannibal at 18 and worked as a printer in various locations around the country. He could not, however, get Hannibal or the Mississippi out of his blood. He returned and became a riverboat pilot in 1859. Twain was also a miner in Nevada and a journalist in California; but no matter where he was or what he was doing his first love remained being a writer. Twain returned to Hannibal when he could. Twain was born shortly after Haley's Comet came closest to the Earth and he predicted he would "go out with it too". Indeed Twain died the day after Halley's Comet came closest to the Earth in 1910. Today you can learn about the boyhood that made the man, the man Twain became, and his wonderful stories by visiting his boyhood home. It is filled with furnishings from his times and statues of him standing next to sayings about his life, his philosophy, and his stories. The home is (of course) listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    The stone building next to the home is a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and copies of his books. Be sure to get them stamped as coming from his boyhood home.

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    Cruise the Mississippi

    by Basaic Written Oct 18, 2014

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    There are a few different options if you want to take a cruise on an old-fashioned riverboat while in Hannibal. There are cruises that go along the Mississippi to other towns like from Hannibal to St Paul, Minnesota with several stops in between. You can also opt for a one hour cruise on the Mississippi showing sites in and around Hannibal like Lover's Leap and Jackson's Island for $16 per adult or a two hour dinner cruise with great food for $39.95 per adult.

    Queen of the Mississippi Riverboat Queen of the Mississippi Riverboat Paddlewheel on the Queen of the Mississippi
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    Huckleberry Finn's House

    by Basaic Written Oct 18, 2014

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    The character of Huckleberry Finn is based on one Tom Blankenship who was a frequent visitor to the Marion County Courthouse and a frequent guest of the Marion County Jail. This is a recreation of the Finn's home from the books. It is located in the yard behind Twain's Boyhood Home.

    Huckleberry Finn's House Inside the Home
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    Tom Sawyer's Fence

    by Basaic Written Oct 18, 2014

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    Here is the famous fence where Tom Sawyer conned some of his friends into paying him for the "privilege" of whitewashing the fence, while he supervised. Kids can whitewash the fence today, too, and I did not see old Tom around to collect money.

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    Becky Thatcher's House

    by Basaic Written Oct 18, 2014

    Another place to visit while touring sites related to Twain and his stories is Becky Thatcher's House. Becky Thatcher was Tom Sawyer's first love and a big part of his story. Inside there are some nice displays including outfits for Tom and Becky.

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    J. M. Clemens Law Office

    by Basaic Written Oct 18, 2014

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    J. M. Clemens, Samuel's father, practiced law in Hannibal from 1839 until his death in 1847 and served as the Justice of the Peace for the town. This served as a big influence on the character of the boy who would become Mark Twain. On one occasion, while playing inside the office, Clemens saw a dead body inside the building. He was quoted as saying he was "not scare, but I was ah considerably agitated". The building was originally on the 100 block of Bird Street but is now on Hill Street across from the boyhood home.

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    Mark Twain Sites Visitors Center

    by Basaic Updated Oct 18, 2014

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    There are several sites relating to Mark Twain in Hannibal. To tour sites like his boyhood home, Becky Thatcher's House, his dad's law office and the Mark Twain Museum, you must start at the visitors center. Here you will buy your tickets, get information on what all to see, and view displays about Twain's life in the small museum associated with the visitor's center. You also access Twain's Boyhood Home and Huck Finn's House through the center. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily except major holidays. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for kids 6 to 17 and kids under 6 free. They were also participating in a program that allowed free access to members of the military and their accompanying family members. The lady I saw was not sure if that included veterans but she let me in free, too.

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    Glascock's Landing

    by Basaic Written Oct 18, 2014

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    Moses Bates was part of the survey crew that served this area in 1818 and in 1819 he laid out the town of Hannibal. By 1836 much of the land was owned by Stephen Glascock. Glascock set aside a part of his land as a public dock and port that was called Glascock's Landing. This was the beginning of Hannibal's development as a major port along the Mississippi River, and one of the largest commercial centers in the state. In 1847 1020 steamboats landed here. One of the most famous steamboat pilots used the port here from 1857 to 1861, Samuel Clemens (AKA Mark Twain). There is a statue of him by the modern day steamboat landing.

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    Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

    by Basaic Written Oct 14, 2014

    If you have the energy and the ability, climb the 244 steps up to the 10 acre park at the top of Cardiff Hill. In addition to the great view you will find the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1935 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Twain's birth and rebuilt in 1963 after it was damaged in a windstorm. The lighthouse has been the site of lighting ceremonies involving Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Bill Clinton. The steps begin at the end of north Main Street by the Tom and Huck statue.

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    See Rockcliffe Mansion

    by Basaic Written Oct 14, 2014

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    Rockcliffe Mansion is a beautiful, impressive 30 room Georgian Revival style mansion that is probably the best example of "gilded age" mansions in Hannibal and possibly in the state. It was built from 1898 to 1900. The mansion is located on top of a hill and affords great views of Hannibal and the Mississippi River. It is open for public tours from 15 March to 15 November. Rockcliffe Mansion is also a functioning bed and breakfast so you can sleep and eat in historic surroundings.

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    Tom and Huck Statue

    by Basaic Written Oct 14, 2014

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    Frederick C. Hibbard completed this statue of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in 1926. It was commissioned by a long time promoter of Hannibal as a tourist destination, George Mahan. The statue is located at the north end of Main Street and the boys look like they are ready to walk down main to get some ice cream or have an adventure down by the river. This is one of the most popular sites in town for posing for pictures.

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    The Hatten House

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

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    This souvenir shop is most interesting because of its location. It is in the old Hatten House which was built in 1839 and was around when a young Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) used to play nearby. There are many stories about this home including that the owner was a notorious bootlegger with occasional run-ins with the law.

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    Explore "Millionaire's Row"

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

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    Hannibal produced more than its share of rich people so there are quite a number of beautiful mansions from the "gilded age" in the town. Many of them are along 5th Street. One of my favorites was the J. B. Brown house a great example of Italianate architecture built in 1870. You can pick up a brochure of the architectural wonders of Hannibal at the Welcome Center and explore. And of course, looking is FREE!

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