Florida in Monroe County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Town of Florida
Birthplace of Mark Twain
Florida reached its zenith before the Civil War. During this period, one of the general stores was briefly owned by John Marshall Clemens, Mark Twain's father. Florida was destined to remain small. The Salt River was never navigable for steamboats. Railroad companies were not interested in building a line to the tiny village. The community was relatively isolated from large towns.
The Clemens family, consisting of John Marshall and his wife Jane, their children Orion, Pamela, Margaret, Benjamin, and a slave girl named Jenny, arrived in the small village of Florida, Mo., late in June 1835. They had made the long trip by riverboat and wagon all the way from Pall Mall, Tenn., at the urging of Jane's brother-in-law, John Charles Quarles. After arriving in Florida, John Clemens rented the two-room
Buried in the Florida Cemetery are Mark Twain’s sister, Margaret, his uncle, John Quarles, his aunt, Patsy as well as Dr. Thomas Chowning, the man that delivered young Sam. His grandfather, Benjamin Lampton, is buried behind the one-room schoolhouse in town.
This memorial with bust of Mark Twain was erected in 1914 with Legislative authority to commemorate Florida, Mo. as the birth town of one of America's most famous authors. Originally located at the intersection of Main and Mill Streets, Florida's main thoroughfares, the marker consisted of a concrete platform (visible ½ block north), the granite monument and a bronze bust of Mark Twain.
The memorial adorned Florida's main streets for 50 years. In 1964, concern for its preservation resulted in the removal of the bust to the safety of the nearby museum, which also displays the Clemens' house. Two years later, the granite monument, without the bust, was relocated to the actual site of Mark Twain's birthplace.
Erected by Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers • War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 29.557′ N, 91° 47.206′ W. Marker is in Florida, Missouri, in Monroe County. Marker is on Main Street (County Road 543) north of County Road 526, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located beside the road, directly in front of the granite Mark Twain Memorial marking the the actual site of Mark Twain's birthplace. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stoutsville MO 65283, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mark Twain (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Monroe (approx. 11˝ miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Mark Twain Birthplace
Also see . . . Florida, Missouri. At the time of Twain's birth, the village of Florida was hardly much older than he, having been laid out in the winter of 1831. The founders were Robert Donaldson, Joseph Grigsby, Hugh A. Hickman, a Doctor Keenan, John Witt, and Major W.N. Penn. Hickman owned and operated a mill approximately one half-mile south of Florida, while Penn had a dry goods store near there as well. Located at the confluence of the North, South, and Middle forks of the Salt River, 48 miles upstream from its mouth (Submitted on September 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 7, 8. submitted on October 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 9. submitted on September 28, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.