Brush Creek is just a few miles from Hannibal, where Mark Twain grew up. The town is now full of Mark Twain sites, shops and hotels named after Mark Twain, and allusions to books by Mark Twain.
Huck Finn's cabin:
In Mark Sawyer's bedroom. No wait, Tom Twain.
The boyhood home is on the right:
Someone left a bucket of whitewash and paintbrushes by the fence. "You TOM!"
Each year a Hannibal boy and girl are named the official Tom and Becky and have their portrait taken in costume.