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

Mark Twain

Remembrance of An American Past

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2012
1. Mark Twain Marker
Inscription. Like all of us, Mark Twain told stories about his childhood in order to understand who he had become as an adult.
As a writer, Mark Twain started with the raw material of his own experiences to make stories that still amuse and challenge us today.
Some of the stories we tell about our own childhoods have special meaning; they help us explain why we've turned out to be the people we are. When Twain created stories based on his past, he did more than explain himself. He explained something about all of us, something true about human beings.
As you walk through the rooms of the Boyhood Home and think about the stories Twain told, what stories do you remember from your own childhood home?

Mark Twain returned to Hannibal five times as an adult. In later years, his visits filled him with nostalgia.

"Alast everything has changed in Hannibal---but when I reached Third or Fourth street the tears burst forth, for I recognized the mud. It at least was the same---the same old mud."
Notebook, April 1882

"In the afternoon...the church was crowded....When I stepped forward the entire house rose; and they applauded so heartily and kept it up so long, that when they finished I had to stand silent a long minute till I could speak without my voice breaking."
Letter to Livy, May 1902
 
Location. 39° 42.735′ N, 91° 21.475′ W. Marker is in Hannibal, Missouri, in Marion County. Marker is on Main Street just east of Hill 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. A different marker also named Mark Twain (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Sawyer’s Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); Becky Thatcher's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark Twain's Father's Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant's Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Collins Building (within shouting distance of this marker); New Cash Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Joshua Mitchell Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hannibal.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 35 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 27, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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