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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Another famous native of...

    by basstbn Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Another famous native of Hannibal was the irrepressible and unsinkable Molly Brown. A child of Irish immigrants, Margaret lived in Hannibal until the age of 18 when she moved to Leadville, Colorado to work as a clerk in a store. There she met and married J.J. Brown, a prominent goldmine owner and engineer. Margaret became an educated woman, even a writer for Denver newspaper. She was enroute from Europe to Hannibal on the Titanic's maiden voyage when the ship collided with an iceberg. Margaret survived, of course, and became well known. Some say that she never went by the name Molly during her lifetime, and that name was dreamed up for the musical 'The Unspeakable Molly Brown.'

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    Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

    by asturnut Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Mark Twain Boyhood Home And Museum
    Visit this pedestrian mall area that features the MUSEUM ANNEX, THE MARK TWAIN BOYHOOD HOME, THE MARK TWAIN MUSEUM, THE BECKY THATCHER, THE JOHN M. CLEMENS JUSTICE OF THE PEACE OFFICE, THE GRANT’S DRUG STORE/PILASTER HOUSE and THE NEW MARK TWAIN MUSEUM.

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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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    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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    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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