Monday, July 29, 2013

Memory Monday #30

     Last week, I wrote about visiting Salem Village where Lincoln lived as a young man. This week, I am going to take you in the opposite direction...west to Hannibal, Missouri. My home town is only about 35 miles from Hannibal which is located on the Mississippi River....and the home town of Samuel Clemens as a boy....a wonderful place to visit as a kid!
     Mark Twain has always been and still is one of my favorite authors. I love all his novels and short stories...his adventures and his wit just keep me enthralled!!
Portrait of the Man
As a child, Mark Twain was synonymous with Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Injun Joe, Hucklebery visits to the home where "Tom" lived with Aunt Polly and to see the fence that got white washed all the time were really special!
The house where Samuel Clemens lived...the prototype for Tom Sawyer's home
     And outside of town, on the river bluff overlooking the Mississippi, is the actual cave in which Injun Joe hid; Becky and Tom got lost in; and can still be visited today!  What a thrill for a very imaginative little girl...especially when the tour guide could make the whole story really come to life!!!!
The interior of the cave
Sign telling about Injun Joe outside the cave
The entrance to the cave
     And of course the river, the riverboats, the bluffs....all looking very much as it must have looked 100 plus years ago!!!

The Mighty Mississippi River from the bluff at Hannibal..that is Illinois on the other side.
    If any one reading this entry has not read Mark Twain...I highly recommend any of his work...and if you have an opportunity to visit Hannibal do so!  You will love it!!!


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