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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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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.

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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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    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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    Tom and Huck Statue

    by saw50st8 Written Jul 13, 2006

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    A statue placed at the end of the main road in town shows Tom and Huck. Stop by and take a photo -- its about as close to the real boys as youll get! The statue was sculpted in 1926 and is life size.

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    Mark Twain Days Joy Rides

    by atufft Written Aug 26, 2010

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    The festival is no small event. There are several venues for music, and the music variety is broad. This is also time for traveling amusement park to visit.

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    Walk Around Town

    by atufft Updated Aug 26, 2010

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    Even during ordinary days, Hannibal is worth a visit for it's collection of antique stores and sidewalk cafes. The old downtown has well kept 19th century commercial buildings.

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    Mark Twain's boyhood home. A...

    by basstbn Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Mark Twain's boyhood home. A museum stands next door to the left. Also shown in the photo is Tom Sawyer's Fence.

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    Judge Clemens' law office....

    by basstbn Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Judge Clemens' law office. Samuel Clemens' father was a lawyer and justice of the peace. His office still stands and is open to the public.

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    Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Dioramas

    by Basaic Written Oct 13, 2014

    Another of the very interesting thing in the museum is a series of dioramas depicting the story of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

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    Visit the landing

    by Toughluck Written Aug 27, 2012

    Down at the landing, there are things to do. Take a river cruise, have a meal, enjoy the river it self.

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