Spotlighting the history of our residents, visitors, sites, and events!
Time Capsule 1969
Here's an article from 1969 describing the contents of the Sesquicentennial time capsule to be opened on May 4th!
This Sesquicentennial keepsake coin was shared by Steve Dungan who happened to be born in 1969!
Wooden Nickel 1969
This Sesquicentennial wooden nickel was shared with us by Mike Horton.
"Found these buttons among my parents' mementos. My dad grew mutton chop sideburns, and my mom and I sewed historic dresses." -Martha Mary Bergeron
Mark Twain Lighthouse
"On the right side of scaffolding is my grandfather, Harry C. Ham, who worked for Martin Construction, working on the original lighthouse 1934-35." -Linda Thompson
During the Sesquicentennial Beard Contest in 1969, J.C. Hardy won in the category of "Neatest Beard."
Mark Twain Cave
Bear Creek Ice Skaters
Winter of 1898-99, Union Depot in the distance.
Herbert Hoover visited Hannibal on Feb. 16, 1935.
Photo taken by Mary Ellen Glascock during Sesquicentennial
Lighthouse in 1969
Photo taken by Mary Ellen Glascock during Hannibal's Sesquicentennial
Main Street 1958
Looking north toward Cardiff Hill
President Carter & Family
Mark Twain Museum Director Henry Sweets looks on as President Jimmy Carter, wife Rosalyn, and daughter Amy pose with "Tom" and "Becky" by the famous fence. 8-23-1979
Josh Clayton shared this photo of his Great-Great-Aunt Mollie Farrell, shown here at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home. She is holding one of Twain's books in the photo.
In September 1967, First Lady Mrs. Lyndon Johnson visited Hannibal along with Mrs. Hubert Humphrey (right), wife of the Vice President, shown here meeting Tom Sawyer (John Webdell) and Becky Thatcher (Mary Beth Orscheln).
Turkey dinner for 65 cents!
Third St. Livery Stables
You could rent a ride or board your horse here. (circa 1910-1915)
Kresge on Main St.
Decorated for Christmas 1941, taken days before Dec. 7.
1899 Street Fair
Hannibal has a long history of street fairs, and the tradition continues.
This scout troop visited Mark Twain Cave in July, 1944.
Look at all the "Tom Sawyers" whitewashing during National Tom Sawyer Days, 1959.
Church & Main flooded in the pre-levee days.
Mark Twain's Family
Mark Twain's daughter Clara Clemens Gabilowitsch and granddaughter Nina visited Hannibal in 1935.
Hal Holbrook performed "Mark Twain Tonight!" in Hannibal on 3 separate occasions. Here he is accepting an award at the Mark Twain Museum.
Country superstar Brad Paisley toured the Mark Twain Cave with owner Linda Coleberd.
The American Queen brings visitors to Hannibal throughout the summer.
Shoe Factory 1910
Shoe manufacturing thrived in Hannibal for many years.
1880s Grocer Ad
Advertising from one of Hannibal's early grocery stores.
Mark Twain Riverboat
No visit is complete without a tour of the Mississippi River.
The Mark Twain statue gazes toward the Mississippi River from Riverview Park.
Storrs Ice Co. 1899
Harvesting ice on the Mississippi River.
A steamer from the 1920s makes a stop in Hannibal.