Hannibal

By: shane spears

Hannibal

There is a lot to do in Hannibal. There is the Mississippi River boat ride where the captain up the stream and points out places like lovers peak and mark Twains light house. Before the ride they take your picture to hang up on the wall to buy after the ride. They also have a gift shop to buy stuff like hats, candy, and more. When you get off the boat you can go to the place the captain on the boat told you about like lovers peak and mark Twains lighthouse. There are museums in the city that you can go and see. There is Tom Sawyers fence and mark Twains house. You can also go fishing there in the Mississippi River.


Hannibal

Hannibal is on the eastern edge of Missouri on the shores of the Mississippi River about 100 miles north of St Louis. Hannibal has a colorful history and was, of course, the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens or as you know him as Mark Twain. Hannibal was founded in 1819 and by the time Clemens was born in 1835 it was a busy frontier river port that rivaled St Louis. In 1846 the town built a bridge across the Mississippi and lured the Wabash RR to make Hannibal it's river crossing point. At one time Hannibal had 12 tracks running along its waterfront, 25 trains arriving each day, and a repair yard for 24 locomotives and 200 railcars. All kinds of industry were encouraged throughout its history and as of 1950 it held the world's largest shoe factory and cement plant. The railroad went out of business and the shoe factory closed in 1960, and Hannibal is now a small quiet town with a great history.