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Hannibal in Marion County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Tom Sawyer’s Fence

 
 
Tom Sawyer’s Fence Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, circa 1997
1. Tom Sawyer’s Fence Marker
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Inscription.  Here stood the board fence which Tom Sawyer persuaded his gang to pay him for the privilege of whitewashing. Tom sat by and saw it was well done.
 
Erected by Mark Twain Museum.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & CommerceNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 39° 42.718′ N, 91° 21.456′ W. Marker is in Hannibal, Missouri, in Marion County. Marker is on Hill Street just west of North Main Street. It is between N. Main & First Sts. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 Hill St, 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. Grant's Drug Store (here, next to this marker); Mark Twain's Father's Law Office (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Grant's Drug Store (a few steps from this marker); Mark Twain's Boyhood Home (a few steps from this marker); Mark Twain (a
Tom Sawyer’s Fence Marker image. Click for full size.
July 5, 2007
2. Tom Sawyer’s Fence Marker
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few steps from this marker); McDaniel's Candy Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Becky Thatcher's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Collins Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hannibal.
 
More about this marker. It is near the Mark Twain Museum.
 
Regarding Tom Sawyer’s Fence. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) spent his boyhood in Hannibal. Later he used this town as the setting for some of his most famous stories, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
 
Also see . . .
1. Twain Boyhood Museum. (Submitted on December 27, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Tom Sawyer's Town. An article by Jerry Allen, originally published in National Geographic, July 1956. (Submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. Tom Sawyer Whitewashing the Fence. From Mark Twain,'s Tom Sawyer, Chapter Two, 1876. Hosted by PBS. (Submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Also...
Did you know that Molly Brown was on her
ATribute to Mark Twain image. Click for more information.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, circa 1997
3. ATribute to Mark Twain
See nearby "Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill" Marker at the below link for more details.
Click for more information.
way to Hannibal when the Titanic sank?

The childhood home of Molly Brown, The Titanic's famous lady!
    — Submitted December 27, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, circa 1997
4. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910)
He is best known by his pen name, Mark Twain. This bronze sculpture by Frederick Hibbard (1881–1950) has this inscription, “Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835—Mark Twain—1910. His religion was Humanity and a whole world mourned for him when he died. Erected by the State of Missouri, 1913.”

This statue is in Riverview Park.
Additional marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 11, 2020
5. Additional marker
Mark Twain's Boyhood Home is a Registered National Historical Landmark
Hannibal Light image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, circa 1997
6. Hannibal Light
Lighthouse located high above Hannibal, on Cardiff Hill. N 39° 42.864 W 091° 21.541
Riverboat image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, circa 1997
7. Riverboat
Hannibal is located on a bend of the Mississippi River in northeastern Missouri.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,449 times since then and 154 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 16, 2014. Photos:   1. submitted on December 27, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on December 27, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on May 19, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.   6, 7. submitted on December 27, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 2, 2022