Hannibal, Missouri is a great place to visit. We took the trolley tour which took us around the city including a visit to the River Park. A statue of Mark Twain sits in the heart of this park. We saw many beautiful homes and the home of Unsinkable Molly Brown survivor of the Titanic sinking.
The historic downtown is dedicated to Mark Twain and his stories. His boyhood home is there, along with homes of Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn. Both characters are based on real people from Hannibal, as are many other of his characters. We brought the museum pass which includes visits to the homes of his characters, the museum down the street, and the Norman Rockwall exhibit of his drawings for the Tom Sawyer story. A great way to spend a day.
We camped at the Mark Twain Cave Campground, which is set in the hills looking down on Hannibal. The cave that was in the Tom Sawyer story is there and you can take a tour of it. The cave was found as the result of a farmer tracking a cougar that was hiding in it. Unlike caves created by water, the cave is more of a carved-out area, no stalagmites.
On the way up to the campground, you pass the road leading to Lovers Leap. From this high point, you look out over the Mississippi. It is a great view of the river, city, and surrounding areas. We could see barges going up and down the river.
One of the stories of how this point got its name is that there was an Indian girl in love with an Indian boy from another tribe. The couple were not permitted to be together by their families. (Sound familiar?) The couple had met at the top of the mountain when warriors found them and set out to kill the boy. He decided to jump from the mountain top and the girl couldn’t bear the thought of living without him, so she too jumped.
We had planned to spend 2 nights but decided to stay an extra day due to stormy weather in the area. But now we are continuing our northward trek.