Approximately 102 miles from Springfield, across the Illinois-Missouri border, nestled right next to the Mississippi River, is a city called Hannibal. For those of you, who have read the novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, know that the author of these books, Samuel Langhorne Clemens or better known by his pen name Mark Twain, grew up in Hannibal. The city of Hannibal, its people at the time, and the Mark Twain Cave originally known as McDowell’s Cave were the inspiration he needed to create his novels.
Within the last five years, Hannibal has also become famous for their annual “steampunk” festival that takes place during Labor Day weekend. People from all ages and walks of life come to Hannibal to participate in the festivities.
What is "steampunk" and how did it originate? Part 2 of this post will hopefully shed some light. :)