Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Mark Twain /Missouri Generals/ George Caleb Bingham
Samuel Clemens (1835- 1910), who wrote under the pseudonym Mark Twain, was born in Florida, MO. His stories about Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and friends reflected his love for his boyhood hometown of Hannibal, Mo. Unconventional in both his life and in his writing, he wrote with an iconic wit and tackled controversial issues of his day, including the evils of slavery.
Mark Twain Panel Sponsor: William J. Chamberlain Family
The World became acquainted with American Literature and the Mississippi River in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Two of his famous quotes are " The Mississippi river will always have its own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise," and "I am a border ruffian from the State of Missouri. In me you have Missouri morals."
Gen. Omar Bradley (1893-1981) was born in Clark, Mo. Known as "the soldier's general" during WWII, he commanded the largest American force ever united under one man's leadership. His military career extended over 38 years, during which he attained the title of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Stars and Stripes
Gen. John J. Pershing (1860-1948)
Missouri General Panel Sponsor: The Narvol and Dorothy Randol Family
George Caleb Bingham
George Caleb Bingham born n March 20, 1811 in Augusta County, Va. His fame came from his paintings of life on the Missouri frontier.
George Caleb Bingham Panel Sponsor: The Bob and Dorothy Hahn Family
Erected by Missouri Wall of Fame River Heritage Mural Association.
Location. 37° 18.155′ N, 89° 31.082′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker is on Water Street. Located on Missouri Wall of Fame along the Missouri River Front. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Girardeau MO 63703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Visionary Women/Entrepreneurs (here, next to this marker); 1927 (here, next to this marker); Literary Giants/Missouri Mule (a few steps from this marker); 1958 (a few steps 1918-1919 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civil War/The Boys of Summer (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Carver (within shouting distance of this marker); Captains of Industry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Girardeau.
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1. Mark Twain. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "The Great American Novel". (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
2. Omar Bradley. General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981), nicknamed Brad, was a highly distinguished senior officer of the United States Army during and after World War II. Bradley was the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversaw the U.S. military's policy-making in the Korean War. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
3. George Caleb Bingha. George Caleb Bingham (March 20, 1811 – July 7, 1879) was an American artist whose paintings of American life in the frontier lands along the Missouri River exemplify the Luminist style. Left to languish in obscurity, Bingham's work was rediscovered in the 1930s. By the time of his bicentennial in 2011, he was considered one of the greatest American painters of the 19th century. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
4. 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, 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, Alabama, USA.)
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