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

Champion Beech Tree

 
 
Champion Beech Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
1. Champion Beech Tree Marker
Photo: Michael M. Grace
Inscription. This stately Beech is one of the largest and oldest trees in the State of Missouri. A registered "champion" tree, it is approximately 200 years old. Quite possibly it was alive at the time of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

The American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) is the only native North American species of beech. A slow growing hardwood, beaches may live 300-400 years and attain heights of 70-120 feet. Beech trees are typically found in the hardwood forests of eastern United States.

Cape Girardeau is located at the edge of beech tree's growth range, where the beech-maple forest of Illinois-Indiana give way to the oak-hickory forests of Missouri.
 
Erected by Southeast Missouri State University.
 
Location. 37° 17.833′ N, 89° 31.203′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker is on Morgan Oak Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in a park on Southeast University Missouri - River Campus. 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. River Commerce (within shouting distance of this marker); Cape Girardeau and the Railroad (about
Champion Beech Tree (middle tree) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
2. Champion Beech Tree (middle tree)
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company (about 500 feet away); St Vincent's Seminary and Southeast Missouri State University (about 500 feet away); Cape Girardeau River Crossings (about 500 feet away); Cape La Croix Creek (approx. mile away); Don Louis Lorimier / El Camino Real (approx. mile away); Old St. Vincent's Church (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Girardeau.
 
Categories. Environment
 
Champion Beech Tree (middle tree) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
3. Champion Beech Tree (middle tree)
Champion Beech Tree image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
4. Champion Beech Tree
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 23, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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