1870 (HM21AQ)

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.298', W 89° 31.06'

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St. Vincent's Young Ladies Academy

St. Vincent's Young Ladies' Academy was founded in 1839 by the Sisters of Loretto as a school for young women. Located at the corner of Spanish and Good Hope streets, it was one of the first schools for women west of the Mississippi. Prior to its closing in 1923, thousands of young ladies were educated at the institution.

St. Vincent's Seminary
St. Vincent's Male Academy was founded in 1838 and evolved into St. Vincent's Seminary in 1843. In 1858 it changed its mission to the training of young men for the priesthood. Here, young men from across the nation, as well as Europe, were provided with the equivalent of a high school education in preparation for advancement to St. Mary's of the Barrens Seminary in Perryville and Vincentian priesthood. Distinctive and historic features of both campuses are the towering handball courts.
Panel Sponsors
John and Judith Ann Holcomb

Mark Twain
"Cape Girardeau is situated on a hillside, and makes a handsome appearance...
There was another college higher up on an airy summit - a bright new edifice,
picturesquely and peculiarly towered and pinnacled - a sort of gigantic caster, with
the cruets all complete. Uncle Mumford said that Cape Girardeau was the Athens of
Missouri, and contained several colleges..." from Life on the Mississippi
by Mark Twain. Here, Twain on a journey down the river was describing the Third District Normal School, later Southeast Missouri State University.

Panel Sponsor:
Mrs. Wanda Drury
with her children, the Daniel M. Drury family, the John A. Drury, the Kenneth J. Drury family and the Diane Drury Edwards Family.
HM NumberHM21AQ
Placed ByMississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association
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Date Added Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 276866 N 4131676
Decimal Degrees37.30496667, -89.51766667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.298', W 89° 31.06'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 17.88" N, 89° 31' 3.5999999999999" W
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Area Code(s)573
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 N Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, US
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