It’s not a ghost town yet, but it’s coming. One day I was in Hannibal, Missouri. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to forget the home of American writer Samuel Clements, a high school English teacher and well known as Mark Twain. By mid-July, he expected the streets of Hannibal to be full of tourists who wanted to see where Twain’s hero Hucklein on the Mississippi River sailed on a raft. People visited Clements’ farm and thought that Tom Sawyer and Hackfin would line up to visit the caves where they had so many adventures. But on a sultry summer afternoon, I enjoy flipping through a store full of Twain’s novels, biographies, and souvenirs.
Only Japanese tourists and my father and son from England visited Becky Thatcher’s cabin with me. Boys and girls dressed as Tom Sawyer and his girlfriend Becky look boring as they wait for tourists to arrive and pay $ 7 to take a picture with a famous literary figure. .. Horse-drawn carriages were walking around the city, but there were only a few passengers each. I participated in a wonderful solo exhibition by actor Richard Garry. Gary, who was on stage full of Twain’s souvenirs, said he had a lively and educational reproduction of one of Twain’s lectures and presentations on the story. Mark Twain traveled to the United States in the late 1800s and entertained a large number of people. Unfortunately, only eight people attended Gary’s show at Hannibal one night in July. Visit:- Ghost carts
Don’t get me wrong. Hannibal, Missouri is beautiful. The whole place seems a little unhappy. Stop at two bed and breakfast facilities that look attractive and attractive with the brochures we have collected. The door closed, the paint came off, and the patio became too big. The high school English teacher who ran the Mark Twain Museum bookstore and supplemented his income spent a lot of time doing business with me because I was his only client. We wanted to try a local Hannibal restaurant for dinner, but it was very closed at 7 o’clock and others looked a bit clumsy, which I have to admit.
We finally settled on Lula Belles, a former brothel that is now a prestigious restaurant. It was founded by an enterprising Chicago woman at the turn of the century. The food wasn’t gourmet, but the parts were generous and service friendly. But he couldn’t help but remember that it was once the center of gambling and prostitution, and that police regularly attacked there. Did the women of the night who were there a hundred years ago still visit a place that someone was wondering?
Literary tourism seems to be flourishing. People gather at the sites listed in the popular book “Da Vinci Code”. The tourism industry in Prince Edward Island thrives on Anne of Green Gables’ book by Lucy Maud Montgomery. So what’s the problem with Twain’s novel neighborhood in Hannibal, Missouri? I visited several visitor review sites that listed some of the reasons for Hannibal’s decline. This includes lack of publicity, limited working hours, and an almost cynical attitude among residents about famous writers in their hometown.
I enjoyed Hannibal, Missouri, so I’m glad I visited.
Hopefully the city can make the necessary changes to attract more tourists. Otherwise, only Mark Twain’s ghost and the interesting characters he created in his memorable novel could be the place to live.