Much of the Hannibal’s original Lindell Avenue, which ventures roughly southwest from Market Street, was lost during the construction of Warren Barrett Drive.

But enough of the two-lane pavement remains to serve as a solid reminder that a proud neighborhood has long existed here in the valley carved by Bear Creek, and in the associated lowlands through which many freight and passenger trains have traveled.

Mary Lou Montgomery, retired as editor of the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post in 2014. She researches and writes narrative-style stories about the people who served as building blocks for this region’s foundation. Books available on Amazon.com by this author include but are not limited to: "The Notorious Madam Shaw," "Pioneers in Medicine from Northeast Missouri," "The Historic Murphy House, Hannibal, Mo., Circa 1870,” and “Hannibal’s ‘West End,’” 47 stories of the Market Street Wedge and on west to Lindell Avenue. Montgomery can be reached at Montgomery.editor@yahoo.com. Her collective works can be found at www.maryloumontgomery.com

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