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    Hannibal Historic Districts and Places

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

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    Hannibal has a very nice historic district with a number of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Many of the buildings are along Main Street or within a couple of blocks of it. Hannibal has 5 districts and about 20 buildings and other spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Molly Brown Birthplace and Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

    Hannibal is of course best known for Mark Twain; but there was at least one more quite interesting and noteworthy citizen of the town. Margaret Tobin was born in Hannibal in 1867 and grew up here in a small Irish immigrant's cottage. This poor Irish lass would grow up to marry a rich guy and become a socialite, a patriot, a loud voice for progressive causes and most notably the heroine of the Titanic in 1912 "the Unsinkable Molly Brown". The small cottage where she was born and the museum therein is well worth a visit while in Hannibal. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for kids 17 and under.

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    Jim's Journey Museum - FREE

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

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    The Huck Finn Freedom Center, also known as Jim's Journey Museum, is the newest museum in Hannibal and tells the story of Daniel Quarles (better known to Twain lovers as "Jim") and other African Americans who lived in Hannibal in the 1800s. The museum also depicts Twain's efforts as a humanitarian. Hours are 11 AM to 5 PM Thursday through Saturday from May 1st to October 31st. Admission is FREE!

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    Train Town Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

    This museum takes you back to the days when all kids wanted a toy train set and is a must see for all train enthusiasts. They have a nice collection of old and new trains and accessories. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is fairly cheap.

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    Wax Museum and Haunted House

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

    This is one of the newest museums in Hannibal. The benign exterior does not really hint at the inside, nor does the room full of souvenirs and holiday items you first encounter upon entrance. Inside the next room you will find 27 wax figures of Mark Twain and characters from his stories (that frankly can be a little creepy), then you enter the haunted house part where the scares (depending on how easily scared you are) really begin. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM daily.

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    Hannibal History Museum - FREE

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

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    The Hannibal History Museum uses old photos, artifacts and interactive displays to tell the history of Hannibal and its two most famous past residents Mark Twain and the Unsinkable Molly Brown. I really liked the old baseball display (photo 3). Hours are 10 AM to 7 PM dally April through October and 10 AM to 5 PM daily November through March. Admission is FREE! You can also arrange for a tour of "Haunted Hannibal" here.

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    Hannibal and Marion County

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

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    Hannibal is a town of about 18,000 (very constant since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 72 and US Highways 36, 24 and 61 in Marion County in Northeast Missouri. It is right on the border with Illinois. Although the area was occupied for many years by Indian tribes and early settlers the town was not laid out until 1819 when Moses Bates did so and named the town for nearby Hannibal Creek. The name of the creek came from Hannibal the hero of the Battle of Carthage. The town grew quickly, due to the availability of transportation on the railroad and via the Mississippi River. Marion County was named for General Francis Marion from the Revolutionary War.

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    Hannibal Convention and Visitor's Bureau

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

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    A great place to start your visit to Hannibal is the Welcome Center run by the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau where you can get coupons for discounts at various places in town, maps of the area, brochures for attractions and advice from helpful locals on how to best enjoy your visit based on the time you have, your interests, and your budget.

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    Tom Sawyer's Boyhood Home and Museum

    by saw50st8 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the place to see in Hannibal. Tour the home, both up and down and see the fence that Tom had everyone paint for him! Its a good way to understand where Samuel Clemens was coming from.

    The tickets ($8 for adults) includes The Interpretive Center, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, the Boyhood Home Gift Shop, the Huckleberry Finn House, the Becky Thatcher House, the J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, the Grant's Drug Store/Pilaster House, and the Museum Gallery.

    March: 9:00 - 4:00; Sundays 12:00 - 4:00
    April: 9:00 - 5:00 Daily
    May: 8:00 - 5:00 Daily
    June, July, August: 8:00 - 6:00 Daily New for 2006 Fridays & Saturdays the Museum will be open until 7:00 p.m.!
    September & October: 9:00 - 5:00 Daily
    November through February: 10:00 - 4:00; Sundays: 12:00 - 4:00

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    Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

    by atufft Written Aug 27, 2010

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    America's greatest author has a memorial lighthouse on the hill over Hannibal. Built in 1935, this lighthouse has been visited by American presidents Roosevelt and Clinton. Unfortunately, we arrived to late to visit. But, here are some images of the picnic area and other places within the park. There's a fine bronze statue of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Twain's most enduring character's

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    Walk Along the Mississippi River

    by atufft Written Aug 27, 2010

    There is a park and boat ramp on the Mississippi. To get there one has to walk or drive across the railroad tracks, which are in routine use. Naturally, an excursionary paddlewheeler has regular trips that leave from the waterfront.

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    Mud Wrestling during Mark Twain Days

    by atufft Written Aug 26, 2010

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    We were lucky for having arrive in the late afternoon to see this festivity for we had not planned for it at all. It was a Friday evening, and we hoped to simply have a glimpse of the famous town where legendary Mark Twain was born and raised. I was most amused by the mud volleyball.

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    Tom Sawyer's Fence

    by AKtravelers Updated Nov 9, 2009

    ....Okay, it's just a fence and Tom Sawyer never really existed, right? So, you still wonder if this guy is paying or being paid to paint the fence.
    ....For those who don't know the famous storyline from the opening of the novel Tom Sawyer, Tom was being punished for his normal prankish behavior by having to wash the fence. When the kids of the town came by to make fun of him, he convinced them that he was painting the fence because he WANTED to and it was so much fun he wouldn't let them do it even if they paid him. The reverse psychology worked and soon he had legions of Hannibal's youngest generation paying him to whitewash the fence while he watched.
    ....Before you laugh too hard, consider this: wouldn't you pay a dollar just to paint a slat or two of this fence so that you coould say you painted Tom Sawyer's fence and paid for it. You would, wouldn't you?

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    Ride a Riverboat on the Mississippi

    by AKtravelers Written Nov 9, 2009

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    Since the Riverboat is such a Mississippi icon, and Hannibal was such a riverboat town, there is no better way to experience both places by taking a ride on a riverboat. You'll circle north to the bridge, then turn south on the Illinois side before circling back towards Hannibal in Missouri. All during this time you can sit on the deck, enjoy the breeze and listen to a narrative about the town, the river, Mark Twain and riverboating itself. You'll learn about the legend of the bluffs, the ice houses that used to have their caves along the riverbanks and the perpetual flooding brought by Big Muddy. When we took our trip, we were one of the few passengers on board, so we got to move side to side to get close looks at everything the tourguide mentioned.

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    Mark Twain's Boyhood Home

    by AKtravelers Written Nov 9, 2009

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    The small house in which Mark Twain grew up and lived during the 1830's is well-preserved and guarded by an excellent museums that documents his formative years. At that time , Missouri was a slave state and the economic heart of the midwest due to the life-giving commerce off the Mississippi River. The museum discusses how the young Samuel Clemens may have come about his anti-slavery views, to include the social contact he may have had with young black children and/or adults. It also introduces many of the other characters in his life, many whom were models for characters in his work. You'll enjoy a trip here and be able to purhase some of Mark Twain's books in the gift shop -- make sure you get them stamped as coming from his home!

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