Did you know Hannibal is the birthplace of the Unsinkable Molly Brown? Her real name was Margaret "Maggie" Tobin. The feisty redhead was born in Hannibal on July 18, 1867. She left for Colorado when she was nineteen years old where she met and married J.J. Brown.
After leaving her daughter safely behind in England, Maggie boarded the Titanic on April 15, 1912. She was on her way back to Hannibal to visit her ill brother. Her fascinating rags-to-riches story is truly inspirational.
Rumor has it she met Mark Twain while waiting tables at The Park Hotel (has since burned down) in Hannibal. She was a great fan of his books. She dedicated the Tom and Huck statue at the foot of the lighthouse here in town. Her childhood home is only a five minute walk from Mark Twain's home.
|Maggie "Molly" Brown's Birthplace|