Mark Twain is a St. Louis City neighborhood located in the northern region of the city. Earning its name from famous American writer and publisher Mark Twain, author of the landmark novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the neighborhood covers no more than 0.65 total square miles and has a population, as of the 2010 census, of 4,188 residents.
The neighborhood is surrounded by portions of Walnut Park East and Highway I-70 at the north, Penrose to the south, North Riverfront and Bellefontaine Cemetery towards the east and Mark Twain I-70 Industrial to the west. It is represented two Aldermen sitting in the first and 27th Ward.
Unfortunately, not much is known of the development of the Mark Twain neighborhood and the history of how it came to be. The neighborhood is predominantly residential and marked by established pillars found along the northern portion of the region along West Florissant Avenue. Mark Twain was once the former home of the Royal Knights Athletic Association, a boy and girl’s youth sports club instituted in 1959.
Residents of Mark Twain are served by the St. Louis Public School District.
Bellefontaine Cemetery, located on the northern border of the neighborhood, was established in 1849 and designed by Almerin Hotchkiss, a famous architect who designed New York’s Central Park. Covering a large total of 314 acres, the cemetery has many historically important people buried within the land including Anheuser-Busch founder, Adolphus Busch, Lewis and Clark explorer, William Clark, 18th Missouri Governor, Thomas C. Fletcher and Susan Blow who organized the first Kindergarten within the United States.