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Cape Girardeau

The mighty Mississippi rolls past Cape Girardeau.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Founded along the Mississippi River in 1733, Cape Girardeau, Missouri has evolved from a tiny trading post to a culturally rich community. Cape Girardeau became a vital commercial port between St. Louis and Memphis with the development of steamboats and later the railroad. Most of the historic downtown was constructed between 1850 and 1920, in the Italianate, Colonial Revival, and Tudor Revival styles. A strategic program will increase the hours of operation of historic sites for summer travelers. The town’s Preserve America grant will assist with traffic flow and promote the community’s historic resources, such as the Red House Interpretive Center, Mississippi River Bridge Outlook, Civil War Fort D, trails, and a children’s museum.

Photo: The mighty Mississippi rolls past Cape Girardeau
– Joel West Ray M.D., Westray Photography