Hannibal, Missouri, founded in 1819 by Moses D. Bates, is located along the Mississippi River in northeast Missouri, it sits approximately 100 miles north of St. Louis at the intersection of highways 36 and 61.
The river town flourished as a port for steamboats, flatboats, and other vessels traveling the upper Mississippi.
The Railroad industry became a major source of transportation of goods to and from Hannibal, which along with the river transportation helped many industries flourish and thrive in Hannibal. Some of those industries included, pork packing, milling of lumber, soap and candle making, cement production, and button making,
Hannibal has a proud list of famous sons and daughters, from William Lear (Lear jet), Navy Admiral Robert E. Coontz, to Margaret Tobin (the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown (Titanic Survivor)). But the most famous son is, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as author Mark Twain.
There are many attractions in Hannibal from Lovers Leap,
The Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse,
Beck Thatcher Butterflies,
And of course the Mark Twain Caves,
So, if you can, and you should, visit Hannibal Mo. See the mighty Mississippi River
See all the sights,
then sit and relax
And enjoy yourself!
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