~Day Trip on the Great River Road~

Statue of Mark Twain-Hannibal Missouri. Hannibal is the boyhood home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens-Mark Twain.


J had an appointment in Hannibal Missouri, this afternoon. Hannibal is a short drive north, from where we live.

We enjoyed walking around the historic area before having lunch at Mark Twain Dinette. This restaurant opened in 1942 and has grown into a large establishment.

We drove up Cardiff Hill to get a closer look at the lighthouse. If you are a hardy soul, there are steps for climbing the hill!

Statue of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn at the foot of Cardiff Hill.

The sign says it all. This white board fence is in the place of the fence Tom's friends paid him, for the privilege of whitewashing.

~Becky Thatcher's House~

~ Mark Twain Paddle Wheeler~

This photo is for Sandi at the Whistlestop. We spotted this tiny restaurant near the railroad tracks.

I snapped this photo of the Star Theatre, for hometown friends. There was a Star Theatre in our town, until recent years.

Notice what is playing? This is for Deb at Posted From Home. The movie now showing, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, starring Doris Day and David Niven.

This is one of many lovely older homes, found in and around Hannibal.

After the meeting we drove south on the Great River Road. This was a different route than we took during our morning trip to Hannibal. This photo of the Mississippi was taken at Victors Point, a roadside park north of Louisiana Missouri.
The homes in these photos are located in Louisiana Missouri. There are several blocks of beautiful historic homes. Some needing restoration, others in the process of restoration and many completely restored.
If we were 30 years younger and had unlimited stamina and funds for restoration, we might be tempted to buy one of these wonderful old homes!

This home was once an antiques shop, we visited now and then. At that time it was painted grey, I believe. I didn't recognize it, with it's new red paint. J knew it immediately.

We want to drive up the Great River Road during autumn, when the leaves have changed. We spotted several antiques shops in Hannibal, we want to explore.


JoAnn said...

I really enjoyed the Hannibal and Louisiana pictures. I will never forget climbing all those steps up to the lighthouse and finding a parking lot full of cars! It was a hot, humid day and we did not know you could drive up there. Won't make THAT mistake again!


Lacy said...

thanks Pat for sharing ALL your wonderful excursions!!!...& thanks to Jim, too!!!...I know he enjoys it as much as you do!!!..Lacy

Terri and Bob said...

I made this trip myself a couple of times....but never did the Louisiana one! I may have to get my husband to do it with me! Great pictures!

Esther Sunday said...

Wow! I have never been in that part of the country, but I feel like I have as of this morning! Thanks! Beautiful area, I love the homes too. I could easily live in the white house next to Tom Sawyer's fence. Love, Esther

Suzanne said...

Beautiful photos Pa! Those homes are gorgeous. My son will be reading "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" this year for school. It will be fun to revisit the story with him.


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Garden_Antqs said...

What a nice day out, so much to see. I think I want to move to your state :) Thanks for stopping by and wishing my son a Happy Birthday!

Catherine said...

Enjoyed the pic's and the tour, thanks for sharing!! Lovely houses, looks and sounds like you had an enjoyable day!!

Adriann said...

Great photos! I especially love the lighthouse. Great shot!

Brenda said...

Pat...I do know his name was Jim. That was her first live show held in Shreveport Louisiana.That is crazy how small the world is. I haven't made pear honey,but someone mentioned it is awsome. I will have to find a recipe.Thanks for coming by.Love your page.

Chris said...

I really enjoyed your trip out. Pat. Wonderful pics. I have never read Tom Sawyer, I must get a copy :-)

Brenda said...

Maybe we know each other lol.I lived in Cotton Valley. Off 120. My family still lives there.Bossier was about the only place we could come to shop. My husband worked in the oil buissness. It was Enron and Eott in Bossier and they moved us to Mississippi. Crazy world.Im so happy we met.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Lovely as usual!
I think Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn had wonderful childhoods. And Becky. That will be a nice fall drive!

Rosemary said...

I love those places. It looks so fun!
It is so great that you can visit all of these wonderful places.
Thanks so much for sharing with us again.

auntpittypat said...

Loved visiting Hannibal again. The last time I was there was with Mother and Dad back in HS. Next time I cross the river in Louisiana maybe I will need to drive thru the town, not just take that awful narrow bridge with my eyes closed! :) I am always so ready to get to my destination that I have never taken the time to look at the city.

Deb said...

Thank you Pat for taking the pic of the little movie theatre! It brought a great big smile to my face:-} You know how much I adore Doris Day & I love the movie "Please Don't Eat the Daisies " .
What a wonderful day trip. I can just imagine how gorgeous it is in the Fall.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beautiful pics, Pat. You do such an awesome job capturing all your gallavanting for us! That looks like a fun area to explore, one part of the country I've never been. Thanks for sharing.


KLKinFLA said...

Egads, woman, do you ever slow down? This looks like a delightful trip. As always, your photos are exceptional!

Susie Q said...

Oh how I love this area. I so enjoyed seeing all your lovely photos dear Pat. You and Jim tale the most wonderful excursions! I so enjoy the way you relate everything about a place and your photos are always such a delight!

Thank you dear pat! I do so enjoy it here!


Pamela said...

I'm enchanted by all the green and the trees what kind oak???

I keep reading blogs and pictures of all over the country - and can't get over what I'm missing by staying home and working 9 to 5

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

I loved looking at the historic houses!

RueLynn said...

Love the pictures I've never been to that part of the country but I fell like I have now. Beautiful keep up the Great pictures. RueLynn

daisy cottage said...

Oh, these are just wonderful! Pat, my son was such a huge Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn fan growing up - I'll have to show him these pics! Thank you again for our wonderful tours!

the feathered nest said...

Great photos! I'd to take ride on Mark Twain's Paddle Wheeler.


Andi said...

You take the best day trips Pat!!! Love this post and of course the wonderful pictures. Makes me want to visit Hannibal, Missouri!

Amber said...

Pat, girl, you've got to get out more! (grin!)

Seriously, you've got me wanting to get the kids back to MO to visit Mark Twain Country! That is so cool!

purple cucumbers folk art said...

Hi darlings,have been so busy with my father that I have been gone a while,looks like y'alls round about was enjoyable and well spent.hollor and let me know how all is over here.I am hoping to get some art done this week.xxoo

Lallee said...

Pat, you've shared such wonderful pictures of bits of US history. I always appreciate these virtual trips with you. You and jay have had some wonderful journeys this summer.

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Pat~ thanks for tucking that in. There are 'WhistleStops' all over the country.
I'm not sure how since it is a licensed name and all... I just work here :D
Love your photos!

Cote de Texas said...

beautiful photographs of the Mississippi. I love that lookout point shot! Enjoying your blog! Thanks for your comments.

The Ramblin' Rat said...

What gorgeous pictures! My husband was born and raised in the St. Louis County area and ever since visiting his family there, I have completely fallen in love with MO. We have yet to make any trips to the Ozarks area (we mainly stick to the City) but I'm looking forward to exploring the Ozark area some day.

Your blog makes this California girl homesick for Missouri!

C├ęcile said...

Pat, I remember visiting Hannibal when we lived in St. Louis. A fun place to take kids, but obviously fun also for adults.

You pictures are beautiful as usual and I love how you edit them. Your blog is one of the most beatuiful and well-done that I have read. Great job. I hope I can come close when I get started on mine. .....Ceci