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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Marion County, Missouri

Clickable Map of Marion County, Missouri and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Marion County, MO (69) Lewis County, MO (6) Monroe County, MO (4) Ralls County, MO (10) Shelby County, MO (2) Adams County, IL (82) Pike County, IL (54)  MarionCounty(69) Marion County (69)  LewisCounty(6) Lewis County (6)  MonroeCounty(4) Monroe County (4)  RallsCounty(10) Ralls County (10)  ShelbyCounty(2) Shelby County (2)  AdamsCountyIllinois(82) Adams County (82)  PikeCounty(54) Pike County (54)
Palmyra is the county seat for Marion County
Adjacent to Marion County, Missouri
      Lewis County (6)  
      Monroe County (4)  
      Ralls County (10)  
      Shelby County (2)  
      Adams County, Illinois (82)  
      Pike County, Illinois (54)  
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1 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — "Great Flood of 1973" Highmark
This line marks the level the "Great Flood of 1973" reached. It was an all time record of 28.6 feetMap (db m156611) HM
2 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — "Huckleberry Finn House" Reconstruction
In grateful recognition of The Christina J. Coons Family for donations of land to reconstruct the "Huckleberry Finn House." The house that once stood here was believed to be the home of Tom Blankenship, named by Mark Twain as a model for . . . Map (db m156616) HM
3 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — 308
Lifetime Batting Average of Jake Beckley, a Hannibal native who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.Map (db m156630) HM
4 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — 3117
Career Strike Outs of St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson. Dominating and intimidating on the mound, Gibson won 251 games during his career, 56 by shutout. His best season was 1968, when he went 22-9 with a 1.12 Earned Run Average and 13 Shutouts. . . . Map (db m156629) HM
5 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — 342
Career-high single season Batting Average of Red Schoendienst - 1953. The St. Louis Cardinal Great and Baseball Hall of Fame member. Helped the Cardinals to win the World Series as a player in 1946 and as manager in 1967. He was elected to the . . . Map (db m156639) HM
6 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — 351⅛
In 1951, Eddie Gaedel, only three feet seven inches tall, became the shortest player to ever play in the majors. Wearing the number ⅛ on the back of his St. Louis Brown uniform, Gaedel walked on four pitches. Gaedel had been signed by . . . Map (db m156640) HM
7 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — 376
Stan Musial's Batting Average in 1948. In arguably the greatest statistical season ever, Musial led the National League that year in Batting Average, Hits, Doubles, Triples, RBIs, Runs Scored, Slugging Percentage, On Base Percentage, and . . . Map (db m156632) HM
8 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — 390
Batting Average of Kansas City Royal George Brett in 1980. .390 marked the highest Batting Average in the American League since World War II. Brett was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, after finishing his career with 3154 Hits, 317 . . . Map (db m156637) HM
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9 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — 9/11 Memorial
On September 11, 2001 An Act Of Hate Changed Our Lives, But Amid The Horror Of Those Moments, Our Pride In America Was Reawakened. We Dedicate This Flag To America. Continental Cement Company May 23, 2002 . . . Map (db m156677) WM
10 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — A Piece of the Rock of Gethsemane
Beneath this stone rests a piece of the Rock of Gethsemane from Mt. Olivet in JerusalemMap (db m156761) HM
11 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Abner Nash Building
. . . Map (db m58825) HM
12 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Admiral Robert E. CoontzJune 11, 1864 — Jan 16, 1935 — D S M [Distinguished Service Medal] —
Born and raised in Hannibal, he recieved [sic] his appointment to [the U.S.] Naval Academy by Congressman Wm. Henry Hatch, and graduated in 1885. He spent the next 43 years in the Navy. He rose from Cadet [sic - Midshipman] at Annapolis to Chief . . . Map (db m156768) HM WM
13 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Becky Thatcher's Home
This was the home of Becky Thatcher, Tom Sawyer’s first sweetheart in Mark Twain’s book Tom Sawyer. Tom thought Becky to be the essence of all that is charming in womanhood.Map (db m4662) HM
14 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Benjamin Horr House306 Center Street — 1843 —
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m156557) HM
15 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Cardiff Hill Reported missing
This is the foot of Cardiff Hill, made famous in Mark Twain's books "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn." On the hill, Tom, Huck, and their gang played and roamed at will.Map (db m149881) HM
16 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — City Hall Site
Site for this building donated to City of Hannibal by Henrietta A. Meyer A. D. 1903Map (db m156608) HM
17 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Clemens Field Commemoration
Within the walls of Clemens Field, three fields were commemorated in 1987 in honor of three individuals: • Lloyd "Rags" Ragland for his contribution as a player, coach, and lifetime supporter of baseball in Hannibal, Missouri. • Carl . . . Map (db m156641) HM
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18 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Craig Dowell • Joey Hoag • Billy Hoag
On May 10, 1967, three adventurous boys explored these hills in the footprints of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer only to never be seen again. Craig, Joey, and Billy will be remembered by rescue teams who came from coast to coast to solve the . . . Map (db m156674) HM
19 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Eighth and Center Sts. Baptist Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m150220) HM
20 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Fifth Street Baptist Church
The Fifth Street Baptist Church was organized as Zoar Baptist Church, two miles west of Hannibal on November 25, 1837. The Church was renamed United Baptist Church in 1841, then relocated to the north corner of Church Street and Fourth Street in . . . Map (db m150216) HM
21 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Grant's Drug Store
Plaque 1 This structure is also known as the "Pilaster House" named for the flat columns on the exterior. It is historically significant for three reasons: • It was prefabricated in Cincinnati, Ohio, its pieces shipped by steamboat. It . . . Map (db m58823) HM
22 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Grant's Drug Store
In 1846, Mark Twain's family fell on hard times and couldn't afford to live in their own home. The Grants invited the entire Clemens family to live with them in the rooms above their pharmacy. They shared their roof and their food, to allow Mr. . . . Map (db m150201) HM
23 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Hannibal
The boyhood home of Mark Twain. The Clemens home and a State statue in Riverview Park stand as memorials to the great humorist. At Cardiff Hill stands a statue of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Twain's cave and the islands made famous in his books are . . . Map (db m58818) HM
24 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Henry Collins Building
One of the first stores in Hannibal was opened by Henry Collins in a log cabin on this site. In 1839 he advertised "Country produce taken in exchange for goods." In 1851 Leer & Arrogast had a wholesale and retail tobacco store here and the . . . Map (db m58828) HM
25 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Huck Finn’s Home Reported missing
On this spot stood the house in which Huckleberry Finn (in Mark Twain’s famous book) was born and it was his home during his close friendship with Tom Sawyer. It was a hovel “vividly described” in the book.Map (db m96469) HM
26 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — In Memory of William Henry Hatch1833-1896
Born in Georgetown, Kentucky. Admitted to Kentucky Bar in 1854. Moved to Hannibal in 1855. Served two terms as Circuit Attorney. Enlisted in Confederate Army in 1862 where he advanced to assistant adjutant general. Elected to United States Congress . . . Map (db m150221) HM
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27 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Jake Beckley"Old Eagle Eye" — Aug. 4, 1867 — June 25, 1918 —
Buried in Riverside Cemetery Hannibal, Mo. Baseball Hall of Fame Cooperstown, N.Y., Aug. 9, 1971 Major Records Most Games Played at First Base 2368 Most Putouts at First Base 23696 Most Chances at First Base 25000 Life . . . Map (db m156628) HM
28 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Joseph DouglasFounder of Douglasville — 1822 - 1923 —
"I am not Injun Joe" As a young boy, Joe was found scalped and left for dead in Oklahoma by a man named Douglas who brought him to Hannibal. He lived on this site in the 1840's when he worked as a roustabout on the river . . . Map (db m156602) HM
29 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Joshua Mitchell Building
This building was constructed in 1836 by Joshua Mitchell. It was one of the first brick commercial store houses in Hannibal. Located on 2nd Street, now called Main St., the hub of commercial activity. It was purchased in 1844 by Zachariah Draper, . . . Map (db m58826) HM
30 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Liberty TreeBurr Oak
As part of our Nation[']s Bicentennial, the Missouri Department of Conservation recognized certain trees throughout Missouri as Liberty Trees. This Burr Oak started as a seedling in 1731 and is included in Famous and Historic Trees of . . . Map (db m156649) HM
31 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Mark TwainRemembrance of An American Past
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. . . . Map (db m58819) HM
32 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Mark TwainRemembrance of An American Past
Like all of us, Mark Twain told stories about his childhood in order to understand who he had become as an adult.The Boy In this house, Sam Clemens lived a pretty typical life for a small-town American boy in the 1850's. Yet his life here helped . . . Map (db m58829) HM
33 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Mark Twain Hotel
Mark Twain Hotel was originally built in 1905 as an up-scale hotel serving a booming Hannibal area. It was frequented by presidents and dignitaries. 2006 renovations converted the hotel into senior residential apartments using Sec. 42 tax credits. . . . Map (db m150217) HM
34 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Mark Twain Memorial Bridge
• President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the original bridge on September 4, 1936 with more than 75,000 people in attendance. • Missouri U.S. Senator and future president, Harry S. Truman was among the dignitaries present. • This bridge . . . Map (db m131896) HM
35 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse
Built in 1935 as a memorial to Mark Twain on his 100th birthday, the current lighthouse is the second to be built at this site. • 1934 Construction on the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse began. The metal framework structure, covered . . . Map (db m131895) HM
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36 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Mark Twain's Boyhood HomeRegistered National Historic Landmark
Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of . . . Map (db m131900) HM
37 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Mark Twain's Father's Law Office
Young Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) saw a dead man on the floor in here one night. Sam went out at a window, taking the sash along with him. "I didn't need the sash," he recalled, "but it was handier to take it than it was to leave it. So I took it. I . . . Map (db m58821) HM
38 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — McDaniel's Candy Store
This building built in c1840, was originally the McDaniel's Candy Store. Jimmy McDaniel, the owner's son and a friend of Sam Clemens, was the envy of all his friends. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m150224) HM
39 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — New Cash StoreFeb. 27, 1839
W. C. Chenowith begs leave to announce to the citizens of Hannibal that he is now opening in this house a new & splendid assortment of goods. By 1852, this was the "Baltimore Cheap Cash Store." In the 1880's the building was remodeled by . . . Map (db m58827) HM
40 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Owsley's Mercantile
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior . . . Map (db m156550) HM
41 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Samuel Langhorne Clemens1835 - Mark Twain - 1910
His religion was humanity and a whole world mourned for him when he diedMap (db m156601) HM
42 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Site of First School House in Hannibal
This tablet marks the site of the First School House in Hannibal 1830Map (db m156554) HM
43 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Standard Printing Company Building201 North Third Street — 1879 —
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m156607) HM
44 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — The Hatten HouseCirca 1839
About the time young Sam Clemens played pirates by the river, this house was just a few years old. During the next 75 years the home had many owners. Then, in 1921 the Hatten family came to stay. The stories that surround this house make great . . . Map (db m150205) HM
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45 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — The Jail in "Tom Sawyer"
Here stood the jail (in Mark Twain's book "Tom Sawyer") in which Muff Potter was a prisoner awaiting trial for murder.Map (db m59640) HM
46 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — 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 . . . Map (db m156675) HM
47 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
The Beginnings In 1803, the United States paid France $15 million for 828,000 acres of land west of the Mississippi River. Only 16 years later, the enterprising Moses Bates established the town of Hannibal, MO. The Clemens Family The . . . Map (db m156647) HM
48 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the Foot of Cardiff Hill Reported missing
(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 . . . Map (db m150203) HM
49 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Tom Sawyer’s Fence
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.Map (db m4401) HM
50 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to all Veterans buried here who faithfully and honorably have served their countryMap (db m156678) WM
51 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Veterans Memorial
[Armed Services Emblems] This memorial is dedicated to the honor and memory of veterans of all wars who faithfully served their country. No one who died in war that others might live in peace has died in vain. Our prayer is for . . . Map (db m156723) WM
52 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — Veterans MemorialMarvin William (Bill) Yakes Memorial — April 8, 1927 • July 3, 1985 —
Dedicated to Marvin William Yakes and All Veterans Jesus said no greater love hath any man than to lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 [Back] Jesus said love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12 In God We . . . Map (db m156770) WM
53 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — War Memorial
In honor and in memory of the Citizens of Marion County who served in World War I and World War II ★ ★ ★ Erected in 1962 . . . Map (db m156514) WM
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54 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — William Henry Hatch
Hannibal was the home of William H. Hatch, lawyer, Congressman, and father of agricultural experiment stations. Hatch sponsored the law creating the office of Secretary of Agriculture. Adjoining Hannibal is the Hatch Farm, bequeathed to the State . . . Map (db m58832) HM
55 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — William Henry HatchFarmer - Statesman - Lawyer
Born in Scott County, Kentucky, September 11, 1833 Died at his home, Strawberry Hill Farm, near Hannibal December 23, 1896. Representative First District of Missouri in the Congress of the United States 1879 - 1895The impress of his public service . . . Map (db m58833) HM
56 Missouri, Marion County, Hannibal — World War Memorial
In memory of the men of Hannibal who gave their lives in the World WarMap (db m156513) WM
57 Missouri, Marion County, Ilasco — "Ilasco" Walk of Memories"Ilasco" Will Not Be Forgotten
The smell of hot homemade bread baked in the outdoor brick ovens Catching a ride at the concrete bridge to go to the movies at the Star, Rialto or Orpheum Theater Three day wedding celebrations with music, food, homemade wine & . . . Map (db m156492) HM
58 Missouri, Marion County, Ilasco — Ilasco Veterans MemorialWill Not Be Forgotten
Remembering the Ilasco Area residents and their descendants who served the United States of America in all armed conflicts and wars. Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice Robert Andrews - WWII • Anthony Genovese - Korea . . . Map (db m156490) WM
59 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — Big Spring
Site of first log cabin built in Palmyra in 1818 by Benjamin Van LandinghamMap (db m150339) HM
60 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — Gardner House
Gardner House Built 1828 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m150338) HM
61 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — George Shannon1787-1836
This marker commemorates George Shannon, the youngest member of the Corps of Discovery, on the occasion of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He died in Palmyra, Missouri while on legal business, August 30, 1836, and is . . . Map (db m150082) HM
62 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — Home of Jane Darwell
Silent movie & T-V actress Portrayed "Ma Joad" in John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath Home built in 1869Map (db m149877) HM
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63 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — Palmyra
Side A: Palmyra, founded in 1819, was for many years the northernmost town on the Salt River Trail from St. Charles to the Des Moines River. A Federal Land Office for the Salt River area located here, 1824 – 58, led all others in the . . . Map (db m55391) HM
64 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — Palmyra Confederate Monument
. . . Map (db m55392) HM
65 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — Palmyra MassacreA State Divided — The Civil War in Missouri —
The Palmyra Massacre The Palmyra Massacre was a grim ending to Confederate Col. Joseph Porter's 1862 recruiting campaign in northeast Missouri. Besides recruiting local men for the Confederate army, Porter attacked Union outposts and patrols . . . Map (db m55390) HM
66 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — Potawatomi EmigrationTrail of Death
Indiana to Kansas 1838 On Oct. 11, 1838, 850 Potawatomi Indians camped at Pleasant Spring near Palmyra on the forced removal from Northern Indiana to Eastern Kansas. They passed through Palmyra at 10 o'clock October 12. That night they camped . . . Map (db m36351) HM
67 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — Site of First Preaching in County
1820 1934 Site of first preaching in countyMap (db m149880) HM
68 Missouri, Marion County, Palmyra — Speigle House
Speigle House Built c.1850 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m150340) HM
69 Missouri, Marion County, West Quincy — Trail of Death
On Oct. 8-10, 1838, about 800 Potawatomi Indians camped here on the west side of the Mississippi River, after crossing by steam-ferry from Quincy. They were enroute to Kansas, being forcibly removed from Indiana. Three children died Oct. 8. Wagons . . . Map (db m181374) HM
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Jun. 6, 2023