Hannibal in Marion County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill
(On the left side, when viewed from Main Street):
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 42.78′ N, 91° 21.48′ W. Marker was in Hannibal, Missouri, in Marion County. Marker was at the intersection of North Street and North Main Street, on the left when traveling east on North Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Hannibal MO 63401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Hatten House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark Twain Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); "Huckleberry Finn House" Reconstruction Hannibal (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark Twain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Mark Twain (about 300 feet away); Mark Twain's Boyhood Home (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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 D. Mahan, and their son, Dulany Mahan. Author Mark Twain (Samuel
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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