I want to preface this by stating that much of what I've found is based on legends which may or may not be true. However, it appears there is at the very least some twisted truth in the telling of the Missouri doctor who allegedly stole corpses and at one time owned Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal.
Hannibal’s first bat festival will be April 17, in celebration of National Bat Appreciation Day. Events are planned during the day at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center with sunset activities at Sodalis Nature Preserve.
Anyone taking a tour of the famous Mark Twain Cave on Highway 79, just south of Hannibal, has heard the story of Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell and his young daughter. Many of the tour guides and visitors have actually seen the spirit of Dr. McDowell's daughter.
This year’s Cheers for The Kids 2014 is being held tonight from 5 to 9 at Cave Hollow West Winery in Hannibal, located directly across from the Mark Twain Cave. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple which gets you get 4 wine tastings, appetizers plus jazz music provided by the Twain City Jazz band.