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When Mark Twain published The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876, Hannibal immediately became a tourist destination. Mark Twain died in 1910, and when plans were being made to tear down his boyhood home, George and Ida Mahan stepped in and bought the house, donating it to the city in 1912. Another Hannibal resident, W.B. Pettibone, donated hundreds of acres of prime real estate to establish Riverview Park in 1909 for the benefit of the public. Both sites are on the National Register of Historic Places. These are just two examples of the foresight of community leaders who took the initiative to preserve important sites in Hannibal. Millions of visitors have toured the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, Riverview Park, and dozens of other historical sites that have been preserved down through the years.
In honor of these early preservationists, we are grateful to our Bicentennial Sponsors at the Preservationist Level.
Mark Twain in front of his boyhood home, 1904, taken on his last visit to Hannibal