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”Huck Finn” is a really phenomenal book and was amazing to re-read as an adult... right up through 85% of it. When Tom Sawyer comes back, the book completely falls apart and betrays absolutely everything that made it good. I felt bad about thinking this way until I started searching historical lit-crit and it seems that, yeah, a lot of people think the end is terrible. Hell, the Twain scholar who wrote the forward to the annotated version I found in a bookstore thought the end was terrible; as did, I'm finding out, Hemmingway. So you hear that, fans, don't send your hate-mail to me, send it to Hemmingway['s heirs, should there be any].
For more maps and images from this period in the region's history, visit the Missouri History Museum.