HANNIBAL (AP) - The hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Mark Twain sites in Hannibal each year see many of the obvious inspirations for the works of the great author and humorist.
But the Hannibal Courier-Post reports that throughout the quaint northeast Missouri town are many places that Twain used in his many works.
Twain's boyhood home is on prominent display on Hill Street. Across the street is the home of the girl who was the inspiration for Becky Thatcher. Mark Twain Cave, the Mississippi River and the islands in the river are obvious inspirations.
Twain also found inspiration in such places as Cardiff Hill, the Old Baptist Cemetery, even an old stone home that still sits about a block away from Twain's boyhood home.