Tag Archives: Mark Twain

Crossing Missouri on US 36

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This summer, the effort to make US Highway 36 in Missouri into a four-lane highway was completed.  Initially called the Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway, US Highway 36 originally spanned from New York City to San Francisco, Calif. Today, Missouri’s Highway 36 is not only noted as the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Highway, we are also dubbing it ... Read More »

Just the Facts …

The Mississippi River in downtown Hannibal.

“Get the facts first, then you can distort ‘em as you please” – Mark Twain This is one of my favorite quotes by Hannibal’s favorite son, Mark Twain.  It runs across my mind whenever I am working on fending off a half-truth or misconceptions, which are apt to appear from time to time. This spring was a prime example.  Just ... Read More »

From 66 to 61

Ellen takes a sip at Elbow Inn

After a whirlwind trip on Missouri’s portion of Route 66, MoPhotoGirl and I left St. Louis and Lambert Airport on a Missouri Mission. Our destination … Hannibal. More on that in a bit. First, let’s recap the Route 66 trek. In short, it was a blast. Tiring, yes. But fun, nonetheless. My part of the journey actually began in Lebanon, ... Read More »

Let’s all think July!

A view from Lover's Leap

“Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d all have frozen to death.”  Mark Twain Here in Hannibal, we just got some exciting news that has gotten me thinking about summer, which is a welcome reprieve from trying not to bust my rump stumbling over mounds of snow and ice.  Our National Tom Sawyer Days Celebration, held annually ... Read More »

2010 Travel Guide

The 2010 Missouri Travel Guide

Well, the new 2010 Missouri Travel Guides have been here for about a week and I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. The cover looks excellent — featuring Mark Twain and the Pony Express, which both celebrate significant anniversaries in 2010 — and the color pictures on the inside really pop. I am hopeful readers find the 2010 Travel ... Read More »

A Visit to Hannibal

This statue depicts Mark Twain as a steamboat captain.

Ran up to Hannibal on Sunday to take some photos for the division. The weather was not ideal — cloudy and rainy at times, then punishingly hot and humid at others — but there seemed to be pretty good crowds of people strolling up and down the sidewalks and visiting downtown merchants. Trekked up to the top of Cardiff Hill ... Read More »