Mark Twain - Florida, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 29.271 W 091° 47.160
15S E 604398 N 4371619
The man, a park named after him and Monroe County.
Waymark Code: WM3F9B
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 03/28/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member lilluckyclover
Views: 22

State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission.
Date Marker Erected: 1953.
County of Marker: Monroe.
Location of Marker: MO-107 & MO-U, Mark Twain Memorial lawn, Mark Twain State Park.

Marker Text:

Mark Twain
Mark Twain (Samuel Longhorne Clemens) was born in the nearby village of Florida, Nov. 30, 1835. His birthplace was given to the Mark Twain Memorial Park Association by M.A. Violette, 1924, and is maintained as a museum. The two-room clapboard house was rented by Twain's parents, John M. and Jane Lampton Clemens, upon their arrival here from Tennessee, 1835. Before it was moved to the park, 1930, it had been moved once before and had seen use as a printing office, grain storage shed, and cow shelter.

Twain spent many summers on his Uncle John Quarles' farm near Florida after his parents moved, in 1839, to Hannibal, Mo. It was from his boyhood in Hannibal and here that he drew material for "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn."

In 1853, Twain left a job on his brother Orion's Hannibal newspaper to become a printer, Mississippi River pilot, and a miner, writer, and lecturer in the West, where he adopted the pen name, Mark Twain (two fathoms--a river measure). In 1870 he married Olivia Langdon. He died April 21, 1910, and is buried in Elmira N.Y.

Mark Twain State Park, beautiful tract of woodland along the South Fork of Salt River, was given the State, 1924, by the Mark Twain Memorial Park Association formed by the country editors of northeast Missouri, 1923. The State has added to the original gift.

The Bringhurst bust of Twain in Florida was erected by the State, 1913. In Hannibal are the State statue of Twain by Hibbard; his statue of Tom and Huck; the Mark Twain Museum and Home; Becky Thatcher House; Mark Twain Cave; and other sites. In Florida's cemetery are buried Twain's sister and other relatives.

Located at Perry, to the southeast, is the Mark Twain Research Foundation and its collections. The State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, has a noted collection of Twain's writings and a file of Hannibal newspapers on which he worked.

It is of interest that General Ulysses S. Grant's first assignment of the Civil War brought him to Florida, July 1861. He was looking for Col. T.A. Harris, who had withdrawn.

History of Mark:
Update to this 1953 marker: 1. For its protection, the Mark Twain birthplace, located in Mark Twain State park, was moved inside a modern museum structure in 1960. 2. The Northwest Missouri Press Association presented the land for Mark Twain State park to the state on February 9, 1925. A bust of Mark Twin was place in his home town (photo in gallery), then the bust was removed and moved to his memorial in the State Park. Stand for the bust is now at the original location of his birth home. This home is also moved to the memorial in the State Park. Location below is of the bust stand and his original birth site.

Additional point: N 39° 29.556 W 091° 47.202

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