Hannibal (Missouri)

Marion County Ralls County


Hannibal is a city in the U.S. state of Missouri in the County and Marion County Ralls County. It is located on the Mississippi River. The city has 17 757 inhabitants (as of 2000) and an area of ​​39.1 square kilometers.

Hannibal is the hometown of the American writer Mark Twain ( Samuel Langhorne Clemens ), who spent his childhood and youth here. In the Hannibal Journal, owned by his brother Orion Clemens, Twain wrote his first newspaper article. The journal was published in 1851 his first drawing, A Gallant Fireman ( a friendly fireman ).

In Twain's books about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Hannibal served as the model for the fictional village of St. Petersburg. In Tom Sawyer is told that Tom should emphasize a fence, he this task but clever thereby eluded that he just cried a fence prank competition among the village boys. For the reminder of a fence prank competition takes place every year in Hannibal.

In Hannibal were born:

  • The singer and actor Cliff Edwards ( Ukelele Ike ),
  • The basketball coach Cotton Fitzsimmons and
  • Baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Jake Beckley
  • Known as The Unsinkable Molly Brown of Titanic survivor, Margaret Tobin Brown. After her experience, a cinema and a Broadway musical were written.

The city finds mention in the Broadway musical Damn Yankees ( 1955).

Hannibal Missouri is home to the oldest newspaper, the Hannibal Courier -Post The, published since 1837 and has a daily circulation of 12,000 copies.


Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

View from Lover 's Leap in Hannibal and the Mississippi River

Mississippi River in Hannibal

Mark Twain's residence during his childhood, publicly accessible