Hannibal in Marion County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Legend of Lovers Leap
While the story varies according to the teller of the story, the main elements are that an Indian brave and an Indian princess from warring tribes were prevented from marrying by their parents and tribes. One evening when the Indian brave landed his canoe in Bear Creek, he was observed meeting and walking with the Indian princess. A treacherous observer revealed this to the father of the Indian princess who was the Chief of the tribe. The angered father offered an otter skin to anyone who would kill the brave. A number of the younger warriors started after the brave. When the couple realized they were being chased, they climbed Lovers Leap hoping to elude their pursuers. Cornered on the rock prominence, the brave knew he was about to be killed. The princess also realized this, and decided that life would not be worth living if he were killed. The two embraced and threw themselves off of the top of Lovers Leap to their deaths. Lovers Leap is thus a memorial to these two young Indians who sacrificed their lives rather than be apart, according to legend.
Written by J. Hurley and Roberta Haygood
Topics. This historical marker is listed Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 39° 42.245′ N, 91° 20.839′ W. Marker is in Hannibal, Missouri, in Marion County. Marker is adjacent to the Lover's Leap scenic overlook parking lot, off Missouri Highway 79. Touch for map. Marker is 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 marker. Craig Dowell • Joey Hoag • Billy Hoag (a few steps from this marker); 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mark Twain Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Clemens Field Commemoration (approx. half a mile away); 351⅛ (approx. half a mile away); 342 (approx. half a mile away); 390 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hannibal.
Also see . . .
1. Legend behind Lover's Leap. KHQA website entry, 2009 (Submitted on September 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lover's Leap. Hannibal Parks & Recreation website entry (Submitted on September 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.