Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Risk has always been a part of life on the river. In the nineteenth century, countless vessels struck submerged snags and sunk. Boiler explosions were also commonplace. On February 4, 1849, residents of Cape Girardeau were shocked when 1500 barrels of gunpowder on the steamboat Sea Bird exploded. The blast damaged building on St. Vincent's College.
Flooding has also been a constant threat. Until the floodwall was completed in 1964, Cape Girardeau suffered regular inundations. The floodwall is designed to protect Cape agains a 54-foot flood stage with two feet of freeboard. The record flood stage occurred in 1993 when the river reached 48.5 feet.
Erected by Southeast Missouri State University.
Location. 37° 17.829′ N, 89° 31.22′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau 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. Champion Beech Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Cape Girardeau and the Railroad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company (about 400 feet away); St Vincent's Seminary and Southeast Missouri State University (about 400 feet away); Cape Girardeau River Crossings (about 500 feet away); Cape La Croix Creek (approx. ¼ mile away); Don Louis Lorimier / El Camino Real (approx. ¼ mile away); Old St. Vincent's Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Girardeau.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
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 368 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 23, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.