Hannibal in Marion County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiﬀ Hill
Geo. A. Mahan - Ida D. Mahan
(On the right side, when viewed from Main Street): Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill
Erected 1925 by Geo. A., Ida D., and Dulaney Mahan.
Location. 39° 42.78′ N, 91° 21.48′ W. Marker is in Hannibal, Missouri, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of North Street and N. Main Street, on the left when traveling east on North Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hannibal MO 63401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cardiff Hill (here, next to this marker); Hannibal (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark Twain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mark Twain (about 300 Huck Finn’s Home (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); Tom Sawyer’s Fence (about 400 feet away); Mark Twain's Father's Law Office (about 400 feet away); Becky Thatcher's Home (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hannibal.
Regarding Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) spent his boyhood in Hannibal. Later he used the town, and Cardiff Hill, as the setting for some of his most famous stories, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
This 1925 bronze by Frederick Hibbard (1881–1950) is approximately 7 feet high on a 4½ foot base. In Twain’s stories, this place was Holliday Hill, the rendezvous point of Sawyer and his friends.
“This monument was donated in 1925 by George A. Mahan, an attorney and former president of the Missouri Historical Society, along with his wife, Ida
The City Council gave permission to have the monument installed in the middle of Main Street, which, at the time had not been developed into a usable street, and the monument blocked Main Street from extending up Cardiff Hill.”
—from the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System.
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