Central Park - Hannibal, Missouri
Posted by: BruceS
N 39° 42.521 W 091° 21.542
15S E 640669 N 4396711
Quick Description: Historic park in downtown Hannibal, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 2/17/2012 6:09:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMDR53
CENTRAL PARK, bounded by Fourth, Fifth, Broadway, and Center Streets, is the "square" of Mark Twain's childhood. On or near the square was the school of Mr. Sam Cross which Sam attended, and in which he purposely misspelled February in a spelling bee, so that Becky might win. The square at that time was a hill covered by a jungle of plum and hazelnut trees and wild grapevines. At recess and noon hours, the children gathered flowers, climbed the trees, and swung in the grapevine swings. - Missouri: A Guide to the "Show-Me" State, Hannibal section, pg. 222.
The park has long been a place used for community events and festivals which continues. The park has a fountain, a band stand and statue of William Henry Hatch.