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

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill

 
 
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
March 18, 2007
1. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill Marker
Inscription. (On the left side, when viewed from Main Street):
The monument presented to Hannibal
by
Geo. A. Mahan - Ida D. Mahan
and
Dulany Mahan
1925

(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. Touch 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
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
May 13, 2007
2. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill Marker
feet away); 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). 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
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa 1997
3. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill Marker
wife, Ida D. Mahan, and their son, Dulany Mahan. Author Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) is Hannibal’s best known citizen. The installation site, Cardiff Hill, is one block from Twain’s boyhood home in the Historic District of Hannibal. Mahan selected Cardiff Hill because it was a favorite spot for the antics of Mark Twain and his boyhood friends, and it served as inspiration for Twain’s stories of boyhood along the Mississippi.

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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,773 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on December 27, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
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