Looking down over Hannibal, Missouri, and the Mississippi River from Lover's Leap, the American Melody river cruise ship is at the dock.
The historic Mississippi River town of Hannibal, Missouri, is best known as the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens, AKA Mark Twain. Twain used his childhood memories of Hannibal as the inspiration for, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, loosely basing the characters on the town's people for his two fictional children's novels.
The popularity of Mark Twain's books put Hannibal on the map for heritage tourism, attracting visitors worldwide who grew up reading his stories. Visiting Hannibal is a walk in young Sam's footsteps. Many historic buildings remain, including his boyhood home, Becky Thatcher's house, Huckleberry Finn's house, J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, Grant's Drug Store, and Mark Twain's Cave.
Copyright 2022 Susan Rissi Tregoning
July 27th, 2022
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