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

River Commerce

 
 
River Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
1. River Commerce Marker
Inscription. Known to Native Americans as "Messipi" ("Big River") or "Mee-zee-see-bee" ("Father of Waters"), the Mississippi River originates in Minnesota and terminates 2,348 miles later at the Gulf of Mexico. The river played an integral part in the establishment and growth of Cape Girardeau, whose port has welcomed skiffs, canoes, Keelboats, steamboats, and modern day passenger paddle wheelers. Barge traffic continues to utilize the river.

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
"Bald Eagle", "Tennessee Belle" and "Cape Girardeau" docked at Cape Girardeau image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
2. "Bald Eagle", "Tennessee Belle" and "Cape Girardeau" docked at Cape Girardeau
, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker can be reached from Aquasmi Street, on the right when traveling south. 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. 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. Waterways & Vessels
 
Downtown Cape Girardeau in April 1927 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
3. Downtown Cape Girardeau in April 1927
Special Collections and Archives, Kent Library Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau Flood Wall image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
4. Cape Girardeau Flood Wall
Cape Girardeau Flood Wall image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
5. Cape Girardeau Flood Wall
Cape Girardeau Flood Wall image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
6. Cape Girardeau Flood Wall
Boats on the Mississippi image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
7. Boats on the Mississippi
River Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
8. River Commerce Marker
 
 
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 352 times since then and 21 times this year. 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.
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