History of Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse
on Cardiff Hill, Hannibal, Missouri U.S.A.
The Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse stands on
Cardiff Hill, overlooking Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's
boyhood home town, on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is
the furthest inland lighthouse in the world and was first lighted
in 1935 by President Franklin Roosevelt from the White House in
celebration of Mark Twain's 100th birthday. It was relighted by
President Kennedy in 1963, and rededicated and relighted by
President Clinton in 1994. In 2001, the lighthouse is undergoing
additional renovation through grants from the National Park
Service and the Missouri Division of State Parks. The
lighthouse's beacon serves to remind visitors from around the
world of the spirit of adventure chronicled in Mark Twain's books.
This spirit was brought to life in Twain's characters Tom Sawyer,
Huckleberry Finn, and Becky Thatcher.