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

1870

St. Vincent's Young Ladies Academy

 
 
1870 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
1. 1870 Marker
Inscription. St. Vincent's Young Ladies' Academy was founded in 1839 by the Sisters of Loretto as a school for young women. Located at the corner of Spanish and Good Hope streets, it was one of the first schools for women west of the Mississippi. Prior to its closing in 1923, thousands of young ladies were educated at the institution.

St. Vincent's Seminary
St. Vincent's Male Academy was founded in 1838 and evolved into St. Vincent's Seminary in 1843. In 1858 it changed its mission to the training of young men for the priesthood. Here, young men from across the nation, as well as Europe, were provided with the equivalent of a high school education in preparation for advancement to St. Mary's of the Barrens Seminary in Perryville and Vincentian priesthood. Distinctive and historic features of both campuses are the towering handball courts.
Panel Sponsors
John and Judith Ann Holcomb

Mark Twain
"Cape Girardeau is situated on a hillside, and makes a handsome appearance... There was another college higher up on an airy summit - a bright new edifice, picturesquely and peculiarly towered and pinnacled - a sort of gigantic caster, with the cruets all complete. Uncle Mumford said that Cape Girardeau was the Athens of Missouri, and contained several colleges..." from Life on the Mississippi
1870 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
2. 1870 Marker
by Mark Twain. Here, Twain on a journey down the river was describing the Third District Normal School, later Southeast Missouri State University.

Panel Sponsor:
Mrs. Wanda Drury
with her children, the Daniel M. Drury family, the John A. Drury, the Kenneth J. Drury family and the Diane Drury Edwards Family.
 
Erected by Mississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association.
 
Location. 37° 18.298′ N, 89° 31.06′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker is on North Water Street south of Broadway Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located along the Mississippi River Tales Mural covering the downtown floodwall. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Girardeau MO 63701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1875 (a few steps from this marker); 1863 (a few steps from this marker); 1861 (a few steps from this marker); The Mississippi River (within shouting distance of this marker); 1838 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1880 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1821 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1804 (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.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Education
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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