Autumn 2021 Road Trip (Honoring a Hannibal Hero)

“Human nature cannot be studied in cities except at a disadvantage- a village is the place. There you can know your man inside and out.” ( Mark Twain)

Some interesting discoveries have been made on this road trip as we’ve visited several historic towns along the Mississippi River. Most recently, we obtained an authentic glimpse of mid 19th century America in Hannibal, Missouri, a former place  of riverboats, trolley cars, and most notably the Mark Twain boyhood legacy For as a result of this two day road trip stopover in this old fashioned town of his youth, it excited my interest to return to that historic time and place where Twain grew up to develop his roots here as a genius writer, world adventurer, and visionary activist.

Consider for example how his formative characters of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Huckleberry Finn, or the slave man Jim from Twain’s novels sparked great interest during a self guided tour of the seven buildings comprising the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. Envision in your imagination Twain’s fearless urge to explore the world near and far on his own terms as we gazed  down from those steep rocky overlooks at passing boats along the busy river channel of the Mississippi River. Or feel the activist spirit of Twain in our slow stroll through the old downtown Main Street wondering about what Twain might have done to overcome life’s struggles in this town.

Unquestionably then, Hannibal’s hero of the past can  inspire me to write the story of my own life. For I’ve got plenty of Mark Twain spirit myself to tell a good story, travel around, and master a formidable challenge. How about you? Do you see any insight in the photos below that might influence the direction of your own life?

Hannibal in the the early days
Mark Twain returns to Hannibal in his later years
The story of Mark Twain’s life in Hannibal begins here
Entrance to the Mark Twain Museum Complex
The museum contains several authentic buildings to self tour
The main courtyard of the museum. There’s an “Earth-Watch” camera overlooking this vicinity
I enjoyed being Tom Sawyer’s character from the white picket fence episode 
A front  view of Mark Twain’s boyhood home
An iconic statue of Tom and Huck overlooks the town
Hannibal Downtown today
Hannibal downtown storefront today
Statue of Mark Twain on Mississippi River
Looking north on the Mississippi River
A riverboat replica in Mark Twain’s times
Riverboat traffic today in Hannibal
Steep walk uphill for stunning view of the river
Mississippi River from above
Looking down on Hannibal from river cliffs
Mark Twain once lived temporarily in this drugstore noting his later connection with Ulysses S. Grant
The Mark Twain trademark on this cafe.
Mark Twain’s literary influence in this town on display
A prominent statue of Mark Twain reveals his “larger than life” status 
Artist Norman Rockwell painted a series of canvasses in Hannibal from Twain’s novels


7 thoughts on “Autumn 2021 Road Trip (Honoring a Hannibal Hero)

  1. What incredible photos! The oldies and the present day pics.. They all influence me. They bring back all the Twain books I read as a child and still have on my book shelf. When I get into remission I must visit this beautiful place in person.
    Thanks for sharing. I felt like I went back in time or jumped into a novel.


  2. Such fantastic photos! I always look forward to your blog posts as there is always something new I learn through them. I grew up reading Mark Twain and couldn’t even imagine my life without rereading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at least once a year. That being said, I had no idea that he worked full-time as an apprentice printer at a newspaper in Hannibal. Thanks for sharing, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx


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