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Hannibal, Missouri

Hannibal, Missouri
Mark Twain's boyhood home in Hannibal
Mark Twain's boyhood home in Hannibal
Nickname(s): America's Hometown
Location within Marion County (left) and Missouri (right)
Location within Marion County (left) and Missouri (right)
Country United States
State Missouri
Counties Marion, Ralls
Platted 1819
Incorporated 1845
 • Type City Manager and Council
 • Mayor Roy Hark
 • City Manager Jeff LaGarce
 • Total 16.21 sq mi (41.98 km2)
 • Land 15.74 sq mi (40.77 km2)
 • Water 0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)
Elevation 502 ft (153 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 17,916
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 17,814
 • Density 1,100/sq mi (430/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63401
Area code 573
FIPS code 29-30214[4]
GNIS feature ID 0735640[5]
Website City Website

Hannibal is a city in Marion and Ralls counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 72 and U.S. Routes 24, 36, and 61, approximately 100 miles (160 km) northwest of St. Louis. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 17,606, making it the largest city in Marion County, although it is not the county seat. It is also the principal city of the Hannibal, Missouri micropolitan area, which consists of both counties.


  • History and landmarks 1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Economy 4
  • Government 5
  • Education 6
  • Media 7
  • Transportation 8
  • Notable people 9
    • Fictional characters 9.1
  • Attractions 10
  • Gallery 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

History and landmarks


The community is best known as the boyhood home of author Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and as the setting of his The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with numerous historical sites related to Mark Twain and sites depicted in his fiction. Hannibal draws both American and international tourists. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum marked its 100th anniversary in 2012 and has hosted visitors from all fifty states and some sixty countries.[6] Most Hannibal residents enjoy the visitors, and the town at large benefits from tourism revenue.[7]

The site of Hannibal was previously occupied by early settlers and Native American tribes. It was laid out as a town in 1819 by Moses Bates,[8] and named from Hannibal Creek (now known as Bear Creek).[9] The name is ultimately derived from the hero of ancient Carthage, Hannibal.[10] Although the city initially grew slowly to a population of only 30 by 1830, access to the Mississippi river and railroad transportation fueled growth to 2,020 by 1850. The town of South Hannibal was annexed to it in 1843.[11] Hannibal had gained "city" status by 1845.[8] The city served as a bustling regional marketing center for livestock and grain as well as other products produced locally, such as cement and shoes, throughout the remainder of the 19th century and on to the present time.[12]

Cement for the Empire State Building and Panama Canal was created at the Atlas Portland Cement Company in the nearby unincorporated company town of Ilasco.[13]

Hannibal was Missouri's third largest city when the

External links

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
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  7. ^ reported to be the third major source of city revenue. Agriculture and industry are reported as first and second respectively.
  8. ^ a b "Hannibal History". Hannibal Covention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2015-01-06. 
  9. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 193. 
  10. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 149. 
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  15. ^ Sherman Potter, retrieved 3 December 2012 
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  18. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
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  20. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
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  27. ^ | MoDOT Freight Railroad Map
  28. ^ Reichler, Joseph L., ed. (1979) [1969]. The Baseball Encyclopedia (4th ed.). New York: Macmillan Publishing.  
  29. ^ Ralls County Historical
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  • Cameron Cave
  • Hannibal Cavemen - Prospect League baseball team. Plays at historic renovated Clemens Field downtown. Summer only.
  • Hannibal Rocks Offroad Park: Hannibal Rocks
  • John Garth’s Woodside Mansion[29]
  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Properties
  • Mark Twain Cave - The real-life cave that inspired Twain's tale of a lost Tom & Becky.
  • Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse - The only lighthouse built inland features a panoramic view of Hannibal and the Mississippi River. 244 steps to the top.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat[30]
  • Molly Brown Birthplace & Museum Home of RMS Titanic survivor.
  • Riverview Park - 465 acres (1.88 km2) of wooded land and scenic views of the Riverfront.
  • Rockcliffe Mansion - Around the start of the 20th century mansion.
  • Sawyer’s Creek Fun Park - Amusement complex on the riverfront.
  • Lover's Leap
  • Tom & Becky Appearances - Local children are chosen to portray the famous literary couple in local appearances and in downtown Hannibal every Saturday and Sunday from March to October.
  • Tom Sawyer Days - Fence painting contest, frog jumping contest, mud volleyball, local arts and crafts and 4th of July fireworks display from Lover's Leap.
Mark Twain's boyhood home is open to the public
Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse


Fictional characters

Notable people

Freight railroad tracks link Hannibal in all directions: Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) tracks lead north to the Quad Cities and south to Saint Louis. Norfolk Southern (NS) tracks lead west to Kansas City and east to Springfield, IL.[27]

Hannibal Regional Airport, (formerly Hannibal Municipal Airport) was named William P. Lear Field in 2003 in honor of Lear who grew up in Hannibal and invented the Lear Jet. The airport is located 4 miles (6.4 km) west of the southern area and has one runway 4,400' x 100'.

Interstate 72 was extended into Hannibal across the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge in 2000. Interstate 72 extends west to the intersection with U.S. Route 61. Future plans call for extending Interstate 72 west along U.S. Route 36 to Cameron, MO giving Hannibal an east-west link connecting Kansas City to Springfield, IL. U.S. Route 61 connects to Saint Louis to the south and is part of the Avenue of the Saints corridor that links to Saint Paul, MN.


The city is served by the Hannibal Courier-Post newspaper, printed daily on Tuesday through Saturday. KHQA is a television station licensed to Hannibal and located in Quincy, Illinois. Radio stations licensed to Hannibal include KGRC 92.9 FM, KHBL 96.9 FM, KHMO 1070 AM and KJIR 91.7 FM.


Moberly Area Community College (MACC-Hannibal Area Higher Education Center) is a two-year community college established in 1999. The MACC-Hannibal Campus is located on Shinn Lane near the hospital.

Hannibal-LaGrange University is a four-year, Christian liberal arts University accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in 1858 in LaGrange, Missouri, the campus moved downriver to Hannibal in 1928. Dr. Anthony Allen was elected the 17th president of Hannibal-LaGrange University in 2012.

Hannibal High School was founded in 1896.[26]

The view from Lover's Leap of Hannibal and the Mississippi River


Hannibal has a Home Rule Charter form of government. Public services include police, fire, parks and recreation, public works, streets, inspections, tourism, library and airport. There is a municipal court, and the Marion County Courthouse is located in Hannibal with a second courthouse located in nearby Palmyra, Missouri.


Because Hannibal is a Certified Local Government, residents and business owners can take advantage of federal and state tax credits, grants, and other funding sources.[25]

Hannibal is emerging as a viable business destination due to its low taxes, local resources, and its close proximity to major highways and cities. A thriving artist community has emerged in large part due to its central location between the East and West coasts and stable real estate prices.[22] The General Mills plant was originally built by the Underwood Company because of its founder's appreciation for Mark Twain and his desire to do some good for Twain's hometown. Since then, businesses have enjoyed the many benefits afforded by the community.[23] The Hannibal Regional Hospital and related healthcare facilities account for a large source of the city's revenue. Major manufacturers include BASF Chemical Corporation (Formally American Cyanamid), General Mills and Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company. The Swiss Colony maintains a data call center in Hannibal.[24]


The median income for a household in the city was $29,892, and the median income for a family was $37,264. Males had a median income of $30,677 versus $20,828 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,902. About 11.3% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

There were 7,017 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.98.

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 17,757 people, 7,017 households, and 4,554 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,215.3 people per square mile (469.3/km²). There were 7,886 housing units at an average density of 539.7/sq mi (208.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.61% White, 6.57% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population. 25.9% were of American, 23.8% German, 10.9% Irish and 10.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

2000 census

The median age in the city was 37.3 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

There were 7,117 households of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.2% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.96.

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 17,916 people, 7,117 households, and 4,400 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,138.2 inhabitants per square mile (439.5/km2). There were 8,021 housing units at an average density of 509.6 per square mile (196.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.8% White, 7.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

2010 census

The Hannibal Micropolitan Statistical Area is composed of Marion and Ralls counties.


Climate data for Hannibal, MO
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
Average high °F (°C) 33
Average low °F (°C) 16
Record low °F (°C) −21
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.75
Average snowfall inches (cm) 6.90
Source: [19]

Hannibal's climate is characterized as being humid continental, with cold, snowy winters, and hot, humid summers.


Hannibal is located at (39.704065, -91.377378).[18] It is next to the Mississippi River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.21 square miles (41.98 km2), of which, 15.74 square miles (40.77 km2) is land and 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2) is water.[1]

The Mississippi River at Hannibal


In 2011, the museum released a star-studded CD that tells Mark Twain's life in spoken word and song: Mark Twain: Words & Music. Several songs were written especially for the project and feature Hannibal, including "Huck Finn Blues" sung by Brad Paisley and "Run Mississippi" sung by Rhonda Vincent. Other artists include Jimmy Buffett as Huckleberry Finn, Clint Eastwood as Twain, and Garrison Keillor as the narrator for the project.[16][17]

The town has other distinctions as well. In the M*A*S*H.[15] Hannibal was also the birthplace of singer and actor Cliff Edwards ("Ukelele Ike") and 'The Unsinkable Molly' Brown. Other natives include inventor Bill Lear and NBA basketball coach Cotton Fitzsimmons. The Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse was constructed in 1933 and has been lit at three separate times by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President John F. Kennedy, and President Bill Clinton. Rockcliffe Mansion sits upon a knoll in Hannibal, is listed on the National Register of Historic places.

. Pony Express and was used to deliver mail to the Transcontinental Railroad) and was the furthest west railroad before the St. Joseph, Missouri It connected to the state's then second largest city ([14]

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