“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cape Giradeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Nature's River

Nature's River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
1. Nature's River Marker
Inscription. Before humans lived in this area, the Mississippi River Valley was a great wide wetland teaming with plant and animal life. The hawthorn plant, with its brilliant blossoms and bright red berries, became the Missouri state flower. The Carolina parakeet, once prevalent in the river valley, had generally vanished by 1900. The last known member of the species died on February 21, 1918 in the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Erected by Mississippi River Tales River Heritage Mural Association Cape Giradeau Missiour Where the river turns a thousand tales.
Location. 37° 18.236′ N, 89° 31.069′ W. Marker is in Cape Giradeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker is on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is located along Water Street in front of the Mural Wall next to the Mississippi River. 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. Dwarfing the Titanic (within shouting distance of this marker); 1880 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mississippi River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct

Nature's River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
2. Nature's River Marker
line); 1875 (about 300 feet away); Telephone Service (about 400 feet away); 1870 (about 400 feet away); Captains of Industry (about 400 feet away); 1863 (about 400 feet away).
Also see . . .
1. Carolina parakeet. The Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) or Carolina conure was a small green neotropical parrot with a bright yellow head, reddish orange face and pale beak native to the eastern, midwest and plains states of the United States and was the only indigenous parrot within its range, as well as one of only two parrots native to the United States (the other being the thick-billed parrot). It was found from southern New York and Wisconsin to Kentucky, Tennessee and the Gulf of Mexico, from the Atlantic seaboard to as far west as eastern Colorado. It lived in old-growth forests along rivers and in swamps.[2] It was called puzzi la née ("head of yellow") or pot pot chee by the Seminole and kelinky in Chickasaw.[3] Though formerly prevalent within its range, the bird had become rare by the middle of the 19th century. The last confirmed sighting in the wild was of the ludovicianus subspecies in 1910. The last known specimen perished in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918[4] and the species was declared extinct in 1939. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Wetland. A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem.[2] The primary factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants,[3][4] adapted to the unique hydric soil. Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life.[5] (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

3. Mississippi River Tales Mural. The Mississippi River Tales is a mural containing 24 panels covering nearly 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) of the 15-foot (4.6 m)-high downtown floodwall in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It illustrates the history of the area beginning with the Native Americans who inhabited the area between 900 and 1200. Each panel tells a story: Louis Lorimier platting the city in 1793, the transfer of Upper Louisiana from France to the United States in 1804, Missouri gaining statehood in 1821, the coming of the railroad in 1880, the Big Freeze of 1918-19 and the completion of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, among many others. The paintings are in a style similar to that of painter Thomas Hart Benton. (Pamela Selbert, Chicago Tribune, November 18, 2007). The mural was painted by Chicago artist Thomas Melvin,[1] in collaboration with several local artists, and was dedicated at a public ceremony on July 7, 2005. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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