The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Hannibal, MO

Hannibal, Missouri, is a small quaint sleepy town on the edge of the Mississippi river. Its main claim to fame is that it was the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the setting for his books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Downtown Hannibal is a fun place with a number of shops selling antiques and Native American items. There are also a few art galleries. The streets are lined with wooden shop fronts and the original historical buildings are still standing.

It is possible to tour Mark Twain's house and go on a horse-drawn trolley ride around the town. Hannibal was also the home of Margaret Brown or, as she is better known, The Unsinkable Molly Brown - one of the survivors of the Titanic tragedy.

Mark Twain's homeMy husband grew up in a small town about an hour away from Hannibal so every time we visit the US we like to drive to Hannibal. I have always wondered why a small town in the mid-west has the same name as the ancient general from Carthage who had marched over the Alps to try and invade Rome. I suppose it is just one of those curious things in life. But the town of Hannibal is just one of those places which has a 'homely' feel to it. I like to call it a place with a heart.

View of Hannibal from Lover's Leap


  1. What a beautiful the small town charm you presented..The view of the river is just amazing!

  2. Thanks for the tour, it looks a lovely place.

  3. great photos! I have been to Missouri when I lived in Topeka Kansas for a year...nice places there and very sincere, warm people!

  4. Hi Loree
    Thank you for the great tour .I have always wanted to visit Hannibal MO.I have also wandered how the town came to be named after such a larger than life person who did so many truly amzing things in his lifetime.
    I bet Sam (SLC) or Mark Twain would have a lot of various explanations for this ,and a littel added tidbit or two for pure entertainment.
    thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment .Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  5. Thanks for a beautiful write-up and these lovely pictures. The town looks and sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

  6. Very interesting about Hannibal, MO. I live near Virginia City, NV which is a big Mark Twain area as he ran the newspaper there.

    The Raggedy Girl

  7. It really does look quaint. I really enjoy reading your posts.

  8. Thank you all for your comments. Hannibal is truly a sweet little place.

    Raggedy Girl: I did not know that Mark Twin ran a newspaper in Virginia City. That's interesting.

  9. Looks like a really cool town. I love old towns like this. My dad was raised in Joplin, MO so that's where we used to go in the summer when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing.



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