After leaving Keokuk, we headed to Hannibal, MO for a quick stop. This has been on our list since we started full timing in 2006. Back in 1981, we stayed here while we were making a cross country trip from Oklahoma to Ohio in a small four seat airplane. For any pilots out there it was a Beechcraft Musketeer. As often happens on this kind of trip, we were forced to stay in Hannibal for three days due to weather. Since we did not have a car, we spent the full three days wandering the streets of Hannibal and eating in the same diner. Now we wanted to see how the place might have changed.
We found that not a lot has changed and the changes are not an improvement. Our first stop was the airport where we arrived all those years ago. It remains a small but active field. The boyhood home town of Mark Twain has a few attractions depicting the early life of Mark Twain. New is the Mark Twain walking tour and museum. Also new is the removal of several of the large waterfront commercial facilities that have been replaced by parking lots for visitors that were mostly not there on this Sunday in July. We noticed a lot of closed businesses including one of the largest building in town, a former bank, were the sale sign says it all. The long standing outdoor historic play venue closed a few years ago.
If you have not been here, it is worth a visit if you are a fan of river history and the works of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and his depiction of American life along the Mississippi.
I found a few of the slides that were taken during our stay in 1981 that allow a then and now look.