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Hannibal draws both American and international tourists.
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum marked its 100th anniversary in 2012 and has had visitors from all 50 states and some 60 countries. Joseph, Missouri in the west, then the state's second-largest city.
The city has since served as a regional marketing center for livestock and grain as well as other products produced locally, such as cement and shoes.
The Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse was constructed in 1933 as a public works project under President Franklin D. It has been lit on ceremonial occasions at three separate times by Presidents Roosevelt, John F. Rockcliffe Mansion, a private house on a knoll in Hannibal, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Although the city initially grew slowly, with a population of 30 by 1830, its access to the Mississippi River and railroad transportation fueled growth to 2,020 by 1850. This railroad was the westernmost line before the Transcontinental Railroad was constructed.
It transported mail for delivery to the first outpost of the Pony Express.
30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
As of the census of 2000, there were 17,757 people, 7,017 households, and 4,554 families residing in the city.
The racial makeup of the city was 90.61% White, 6.57% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.
Since then, businesses have enjoyed the many benefits afforded by the community.
Major employers include the Hannibal Regional Hospital and Hannibal Clinic account.