Monday, June 6, 2011

Making A Living

Mark Twain Dinette 1
In the early and middle parts of the 19th Century, Hannibal, Missouri, was a prosperous river town. Freight and passenger traffic plied the Mississippi. Hannibal had some of the best quality cement factories in the world, a cigar factory and shipped blocks of ice literally sawed from the frozen river in winter and stored until the warm months.

Today it's still something of a regional center but down at the heels. Some of the beautiful old buildings are lovingly restored but more are derelict. It makes its living any way it can, mostly trading off the name of its most famous son.
There are, in fact, lots of interesting things to do here. We'll come back again.

We've got spotty Internet service at the place we're staying. Again, Downtown St. Louis 365 will go up later today. This morning, we'll zoom home, drop off my companion, then zoom down to the office by mid-day.

Mark Twain Statue

Mark Twain Dinette 2


Olivier said...

les enseignes sont grandioses, je pense que cela doit ĂȘtre la ville de Mark Twain ;)))

cieldequimper said...

What prompts anyone to call a town Hannibal?
What a lot of zooming about to happen... Be safe!

Luis Gomez said...

These are great Robert!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Ciel said it before me, there's a lot of zooming going on today Bob! Interesting post, glad you enjoyed your visit to Hannibal (??)