Hannibal might well have been just another medium-sized river settlement, had not Samuel Langhorne Clemens spent his boyhood here. (Clemens renamed himself Mark Twain, after the depth-marking cry of pilots on the Mississippi.) Although Hannibal does have other industries, downtown is little more than a Twain theme park of museums, period buildings, and wax displays.
Hannibal's riverside location and historical buildings make it almost disturbingly picturesque. Squeezed between two steep bluffs the once-busy community is now quiet except for the occasional creaking of a crane loading cement. You can get an intimate look at the Mississippi aboard the slow– moving Mark Twain riverboat (1hr tours 11am, 1.30pm & 4pm, $12; 2hr dinner cruise by reservation 6.30pm, $33; Tel:573/221-3222). Twain's youthful stomping-ground was the short, cobbled incline of Hill Street, at the north end of town. Adjoining the restored Mark Twain Boyhood Home, a simple white-clapboard house where Twain lived between 1844 and 1853, the Mark Twain Museum (summer daily 8am–6pm; rest of year times vary; $8; Tel:573/221-9010) includes such memorabilia as first editions, letters, photos, original artwork, and one of the author's trademark white coats. Main Street holds the New Mark Twain Museum (summer daily 9am–6pm; rest of year times vary; same phone as above). Included in the admission price to the original museum and home, the exhibits here re-create scenes from Twain's books, the cave and Huck Finn's raft among them.
This Quality Inn is located approximately four miles from the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and 120 miles from Lambert Field International Airport. The hotel is also four miles from the ...
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