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Hannibal, Missouri: Mark Twain Lighthouse Lit by Presidents

Dedicated in 1935 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's birth. Lit by three different Presidents at three different times. You can climb to the top for a view.

Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

E. Rock St., Hannibal, MO
From US Hwy 36, about a mile south of I-72 exit 157, turn east onto E. Rock St. and drive up Cardiff Hill to the lighthouse.
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Mark Twain Lighthouse Lit by Presidents

The view of the Mississippi and Hannibal itself at the foot of the lighthouse is excellent. It's about 300 steps total from the parking lot of Mark Twain's Home, so don't wear yourself out on the way up.

[Harmon, 07/10/2023]
Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

Nice views of the river and Mark Twain town, but the poor lighthouse needs work. We accidentally came up the back way, so we missed walking up the steps -- which was actually okay. If you are in Hannibal you should go and see it, but you shouldn't go out of our way just for it.

[Tara, 02/05/2018]

Twain Memorial Lighthouse.

Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

The Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse was dedicated in 1935 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's birth. It has been lit by three U.S. Presidents: FDR, JFK, and Bill Clinton. Beautiful view of the Mississippi River. However, it's a major workout to get to it... 244 steps to the top!

[Ashley Craig, 10/06/2012]
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