My ex-neighbors and friends of over 20 years moved to Manhattan, KS, to be close to their daughter for reasons of age and health. I jumped at the chance to visit them, and the trip turned out to be another fine river-oriented trek. A bonus was spending a half day in Hannibal, MO, boyhood home of Mark Twain.
All the buildings pictured below are part of the self-guided tour, which begins in an excellent Interpretive Center. The Center covers Twain's youth thoroughly, and plays well to both kinds of Twain fans: the sentimentalists who revere Twain's "Norman Rockwell" Tom Sawyer, and the cynics who revere his irony and sarcasm.
|Hannibal, MO, seen from the Illinois side of the Mississippi. You bet it's wide, and fast. The main channel here is on|
the Missouri side. The backwaters in the foreground were roiling.
|View south from the same location. Shuck Island to the left. Could Shuck Island have been the inspiration for the|
location where Jim was hiding out in the opening chapters of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
|Sunrise on the Mississippi as seen from Hannibal.|
|Levee protecting Hannibal from floods. I 72/US 36 bridge in background. The railroad is a heavily used trunk line.|