Mark Twain Home dedicated 100 years ago

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | 2:26 p.m. CDT; updated 5:56 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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HANNIBAL — The northeast Missouri town of Hannibal is celebrating the centennial of the dedication of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home.

The famed author and humorist was born in nearby Florida, Mo., but grew up in Hannibal. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that his boyhood home was about to be demolished when a wealthy benefactor stepped in to save it, then presented it to the city in a formal dedication on May 12, 1912.

A large gathering in Hannibal on Tuesday marked the anniversary.

Today, the small two-story house a few blocks from the Mississippi River is among several buildings that are part of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum.

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