FC: Mark Twain's Hometown: Hannibal, Missouri | Erin Lehr 040309 p1
1: Mound builders were the first settlers to live in Hannibal, and the Sac and Fox Indians were the last to. The first explorers to see the area were Father Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673, and Louis Hennepin was the first explorer to land on it in 1680.
2: The Mark Twain Cave was discovered in 1819-1920 by Jack Sims, but Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) popularized it because he explored it a lot as a child. The cave is the oldest show cave in Missouri.
3: Mark Twain was a sickly child until he was four, but when he was twelve, he got a job on the Courier newspaper in Hannibal. Three years later he worked for another newspaper called the Western Union. He used his gift there for writing more.
4: The first railroad to cross Missouri was the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in 1859, so railroads were very important to Hannibal. There was a railway bridge built in 1871 which was the only bridge in Hannibal until President Roosevelt dedicated the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge for cars in 1936.
5: Bibliography "Hannibal, MO - Historic & Literary Resources." Hannibal , Missouri - America's Hometown. 31 Mar. 2009