As a boy, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was in Hannibal from 1839 to 1853 and often played in the nearby caves, which influenced his stories. The Mark Twain Cave Bur Oak, known as the Liberty Tree Bur Oak, still grows just outside the Mark Twain Cave. This special heritage tree was a seedling in 1721.
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Mark Twain Cave Complex
Samuel Clemens grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, a riverfront town on the Mississippi. As a boy Clemens often climbed trees and explored caves, spending many hours playing in a nearby cave that was known as Simms Cave, now the Mark Twain Cave.Read More