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Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

1875

River Commerce

 
 
1875 River Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
1. 1875 River Commerce Marker
Inscription.  Before the coming of the railroad, the Mississippi River was the commercial lifeline of Cape Girardeau. The arrival of the packet boats, loaded with goods for local and regional residents, was an exciting event in the community. To the left of the gang plank is the prominent merchant, George Thilenius, observing the crew of roustabouts as they unload the ship's cargo.

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Erected by Mississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 37° 18.292′ N, 89° 31.061′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker is at the intersection of North Water Street and Themis Street, on the left when traveling south on North Water Street. Marker is located along the Mississippi River Tales Mural covering the downtown floodwall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Girardeau MO 63701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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are within walking distance of this marker. 1870 (a few steps from this marker); The Mississippi River (a few steps from this marker); Justice for the Common Man (a few steps from this marker); 1880 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1863 (within shouting distance of this marker); Filburn & Sloan Commission House (within shouting distance of this marker); 1861 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1838 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Girardeau.
 
Also see . . .  Mississippi River Tales Mural. Wikipedia (Submitted on August 31, 2017.) 
 
1875 River Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
2. 1875 River Commerce Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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