Monday, September 1, 2008

Hannibal, Missouri

Labor Day was hazy, hot and humid, and on a lark we drove up to Hannibal, Missouri, the childhood home of Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. This area served as the setting of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and other of Twain's writings. It is about 1 ½ hour drive from here, almost to Iowa.

Hannibal is a small-ish town on the Mississippi River. Had its heyday during middle 1850’s when the Mississippi River was the main shipping route through America.

There was not much happening other than the few tourists who were milling about. Maybe it was the weather. We toured the museum, the Clemens home, and the Tom Sawyer cave. If you ask me, the quandary of slavery that so consumed Mark Twain still haunts the place.

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