At this time of year, when so many of us are in shopping mode, I found myself looking back at what was, in its time, Hannibal's prime shopping experience.

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The Huck Finn Shopping Center on McMasters Avenue, opened for business in the fall of 1965, about the time I was in junior high.

There were about a dozen main stores when Huck Finn first opened. Now, 56 years later, J.C. Penny is the only one of those original stores left.

Since I lived just across the river in those days, and you could find just about anything you wanted in the HFSC, the family spent a lot of time there over the years.

Among the stores that have come and gone:



It was the classic "five and dime" type of store. Spent a lot of time there, mostly killing time.


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Who didn't shop at Kroger's? Whatever we couldn't find at McCarty's Market in Hull, we could find at Kroger.

After sitting empty for a while, Tractor Supply is there now.

Huck Finn Cinema

First time I saw "Sound of Music" was there. Quick Stop Lube is there now.


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While not an original, Hallmark was a fixture at Huck Finn for many years. That was my go to place when it came to cards or needing just one more something to top off gift giving of one kind or another.

That's where TG&Y was and Dollar General is now.


I mention this store because that's where one of my favorite memories of those days took place.

By the time I got to high school, I had decided I wanted to make a living behind a microphone. So, I took my first paycheck from my first summer job, headed for Tempo and spent $29.99 on a portable cassette tape recorder. I spent my senior year at West Pike using that machine to practice basketball play-by-play. A little over a year later, I was doing ball games for real.

Big Lots occupies that space these days.

So, what was, or is, your favorite store in the Huck Finn Shopping Center?

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