Hannibal, Missouri, home of Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens

Statue on the riverfront of a young Sam Clemens as a riverboat captain

During one of our trips from Indiana to the west coast we stopped in Hannibal, Missouri. Famous for being the home of Samuel Clemens, also known as the author Mark Twain, Hannibal is a really interesting and very historic small town on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

Mark Twain is of course everywhere, both in name and in picture.  One local restaurant proudly proclaims that it has Mark Twain fried chicken on the menu. Hmmm I didn’t know that Twain had scooped the colonel.

” the extensive view up and down the river is … one of the most beautiful on the Mississippi.”

The original homes of Clemen’s family and those of other real life people who became the fictional characters in the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn books are open for tours.

Clemens’s (Tom Sawyer’s) home and that famous white-washed fence

Tom Sawyer’s first love, Becky Thatcher, who existed in real life when Clemens was but a young lad

In addition to all the Mark Twain attractions, this river town is filled with some magnificent old Victorian homes, some restored, some in the midst of restoration and some in need of immediate attention.

10 thoughts on “Hannibal, Missouri, home of Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens

  1. I was once there, a nice little place, thoughts of my youth and, of course, the Fence frome Tom 🙂

    There was a guiding tour and a place with two statues of Eagles and the question of the tour guide was, which one is the female?

    The right one, cause the woman is always right… 🙂


  2. You are hitting all my old stomping grounds as of late ha – my aunt lived in Hannibal and we’d head over there from Springfield (IL) for visits and they would take us around to all the Twain sites and riverboat life in general.


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