Mark Twain

Mark Twain (HM13XL)

Location: Hannibal, MO 63401 Marion County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 42.735', W 91° 21.475'

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Remembrance of An American Past

Like all of us, Mark Twain told stories about his childhood in order to understand who he had become as an adult.
As a writer, Mark Twain started with the raw material of his own experiences to make stories that still amuse and challenge us today.
Some of the stories we tell about our own childhoods have special meaning; they help us explain why we've turned out to be the people we are. When Twain created stories based on his past, he did more than explain himself. He explained something about all of us, something true about human beings.
As you walk through the rooms of the Boyhood Home and think about the stories Twain told, what stories do you remember from your own childhood home?

Mark Twain returned to Hannibal five times as an adult. In later years, his visits filled him with nostalgia.

"Alast everything has changed in Hannibal—-but when I reached Third or Fourth street the tears burst forth, for I recognized the mud. It at least was the same—-the same old mud."
Notebook, April 1882

"In the afternoon...the church was crowded....When I stepped forward the entire house rose; and they applauded so heartily and kept it up so long, that when they finished I had to stand silent a long minute till I could speak without my voice breaking."
Letter to Livy, May 1902

HM NumberHM13XL
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 2:41am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 640757 N 4397109
Decimal Degrees39.71225000, -91.35791667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 42.735', W 91° 21.475'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 42' 44.10" N, 91° 21' 28.50" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120 N Main St, Hannibal MO 63401, US
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