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Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse, Hannibal

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The Mark Twain Memorial Bridge is the name for two bridges over the Mississippi River at Hannibal, Missouri, childhood home of Mark Twain, for whom the bridge is named. The current bridge, north of the original bridge, was finished in 2000. The bridge currently carries traffic for Interstate 72 and U.S. Highway 36. The state of Missouri has put up a stone picture of Twain on the Missouri side of the bridge.
See Mark Twain Memorial Bridge (1936).
The current bridge opened to traffic on September 16, 2000. As part of the construction project, U.S. 36 was rerouted further north, eliminating a dangerous sharp curve that had been on the Missouri approach. The cost of the bridge was $55 million.
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  • A nice view but not as impressive as view from Lover's Leap and at Riverview Park. We drove up the hill instead of walking up the steps The road gets narrower and you start to wonder if you've gone... 
    A nice view but not as impressive as view from Lover's Leap and at Riverview Park. We drove up the hill instead of walking up the steps The road gets narrower and you start to wonder if you've gone...  more »
  • This is maybe a 30-45 minute stop depending on if you’re starting at the very bottom and climbing all 240 steps or parking towards the top and climbing less steps. You can’t go into the lighthouse... 
    This is maybe a 30-45 minute stop depending on if you’re starting at the very bottom and climbing all 240 steps or parking towards the top and climbing less steps. You can’t go into the lighthouse...  more »
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  • Be ready to climb the nearly 250 steps from the statue of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn up to the top, crossing two streets in the process. This isn't a small task for the faint-of-heart, especially on a hot day ( it was 90°F when we made our climb ). And don't think that you'll be able to get into the lighthouse once you get to the top, either, as this is more of a monument than anything else ( the signage to the right of the lighthouse indicates that this was too far from the water's edge to ever have been used as a "real" lighthouse ). It would be nice if some of the vegetation at the top was cut away to allow anyone who ascends to view Hannibal from the side opposite from Lover's Leap but that wasn't the case when we visited.
  • Not a large lighthouse, but it is more of a memorial to the author. It didn't seem like visitors were able to go inside. It's a good, steep hike up several steps, so be ready. You can read about the lighthouse once you reach the base of the lighthouse. There are trails around the lighthouse.

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