Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

Courtesy of the Quincy Herald Whig

The Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse sits on 10 acres of park atop Cardiff Hill, a favorite play area of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and the gang.  Cross streets are E. Rock and E. Cardiff.  Parking is available near the top.  There is also a rear entrance from Cardiff Hill Drive, offering handicapped accessible parking.  There are 244 steps leading uphill to the Lighthouse from the north end of Main Street in historic downtown Hannibal.  The Lighthouse offers a panoramic view of Hannibal and the Mississippi River.  Unfortunately, due to structural concerns, the interior of the Lighthouse is not open to the public.

A new sign/storyboard about the history of the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse has been installed on the river side of the lighthouse.  The lighthouse, built in 1935 as a memorial to Mark Twain on his 100th birthday, is the second to be built at that site. The storyboard tells the history of the lighthouse and has photos of the lighthouse through the years, including the remains of the lighthouse in 1960 when it was leveled by a windstorm. It was rebuilt in 1963.  The lighthouse and its stairs have changed over the years, with the relocation of the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge making it more accessible to visitors.  Information and photos for the sign were provided by Steve Chou, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, the Hannibal History Museum and The Hannibal Courier-Post.

Hannibal children, along with visitors to Hannibal, will have the chance to explore the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse, the Cardiff Hill Overlook, the steps to the lighthouse, and the trail in a different way.

The Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department has developed the Lighthouse Trail Scavenger Hunt to encourage visitors to the HPR sites.

Paddlewheel Popcorn, 121 N. Main St.,  is offering a prize for completing the scavenger hunt.

The scavenger hunt starts in front of the Tom and Huck statue at North and Main Streets. The questions involve the steps and trail to the lighthouse, the gardens and grounds at the Cardiff Hill Overlook, and the lighthouse itself. 

Clues for Lighthouse Trail Scavenger Hunt


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