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

The Mississippi River

 
 
The Mississippi River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 24, 2009
1. The Mississippi River Marker
Inscription. "The Father of Water" has provided means of travel and commerce since early days. Indians, explorers, priests, traders, and settlers plied its current in canoes, dugouts, flatboats, keelboats, packets, and towboats.

Until the Civil War, Cape Girardeau thrived as a river port for the district. It shipped out furs, pork and beef products, cotton, grain and lumber, and tools, and entertainment by the showboat and races on the river.
 
Location. 37° 18.283′ N, 89° 31.058′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Themis Street, on the right when traveling north on Water Street. Touch for map. This marker is at the flood gate, on the left side. 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. Telephone Service (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pook's Turtles (about 400 feet away); "Red Rover, Red Rover" (about 400 feet away); The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri (approx. mile away); The Red House Interpretive Center (approx. 0.3 miles away);
The Mississippi River flood gate image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 24, 2009
2. The Mississippi River flood gate
Marker is at left of flood gate, at ground level, facing the street
George Drouillard (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Red House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old St. Vincent's Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Girardeau.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
The Mississippi River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 24, 2009
3. The Mississippi River Marker
The Mississippi River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 24, 2009
4. The Mississippi River Marker
At Marker looking west on Themis Street at City Hall Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 617 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 29, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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