Hannibal Missouri: A Brief History

There’s something magical about Hannibal as if the town is frozen in time as if you can look over your shoulder and see Tom and Huck making their way down to Bear Creek, fishing poles in hand. But set aside Twain for a moment (if that is possible to do in Hannibal) and drink in the broader vistas of the town’s past. Imagine the pioneers who first settled between these bluffs, the riverboat calliopes singing their tunes as they pulled into port, the smell of fresh-cut lumber. Wave to the fashionable ladies parading down Broadway during the Gilded Age or save your greeting for visitors like FDR, Truman, and Carter. Take countless more imaginative steps back through Hannibal’s heritage in this accessible history by Ken and Lisa Marks.