March 17, 1885

The first library had just banned Mark Twain’s new book, Huckleberry Finn. Twain still felt certain that he could sell at least 25,000 copies.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.