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Life on the Mississippi: Modern Mark Twain

A July 2005 trip to Hannibal by Coach Bear

View from Lovers Leap Photo, Hannibal, Missouri More Photos
Quote: More than 125 years have passed since the time of Mark Twain. However, a weekend visit to Hannibal still shows that the town has many of the same attributes that were brought out in the stories of hometown writer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).

Life on the Mississippi: Modern Mark Twain


View from Lover's Leap Photo, Hannibal, Missouri
Mark Twain was born on the cusp of the arrival of Halley's Comet. From that time, he led an exciting life as a famous author. Hannibal was Twain's hometown and the source of inspiration for many of his most famous stories. Each year, thousands of visitors flood into this small community to pay homage to Twain and to see exactly the type of life that could produce such a fantastic wit and manner. No one goes away disappointed. Visitors to Hannibal can ride a riverboat (named after the man himself), tour a cave (believed to be the inspiration for the scene in Tom Sawyer with Injun Joe, Huck, Finn, Becky Thatcher, and Tom), see Twain's birth home, visit famed Lover's Leap, see the h...Read More

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