Thebes in Alexander County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Steamboats on the Mississippi River
Snags, explosions, collisions and fires sank many steamboats. An 1867 investigation recorded 133 sunken hulks in the Mississippi between Cairo and St. Louis, a stretch rivermen called the 'Graveyard.'
Even as the north-south river trade flourished in the 1850's transportation lines running east and west developed. Railroads, which followed a more direct route than winding rivers, began to haul freight to and from the Mississippi valley. Steamboats aided the North in the
Erected 1986 by Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1817.
Location. 37° 13.567′ N, 89° 27.6′ W. Marker is in Thebes, Illinois, in Alexander County. Marker is on Pecan Street west of Illinois Route 3. Marker is located in a roadside park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Pecan St, Thebes IL 62990, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark in Illinois (a few steps from this marker); Old Thebes Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Welcome to Illinois (approx. 5.6 miles away); Cape Girardeau River Crossings (approx. 5.9 miles away in Missouri); St Vincent's Seminary and Southeast Missouri State UniversityManitowoc Shipbuilding Company (approx. 5.9 miles away in Missouri); Cape Girardeau and the Railroad (approx. 5.9 miles away in Missouri); Champion Beech Tree (approx. 5.9 miles away in Missouri). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thebes.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.