1821 (HM21AS)

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.321', W 89° 31.057'

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Missouri Statehood

When the territory of Missouri asked for statehood, it sought admission as a slave state since there were already many African-American slaves in the territory. Missouri was granted permission, but would be the only area in the Louisiana Territory north of the 36 degree, 30 minute line which could ever have slavery. To keep the balance equal in the U.S. Senate between slave and free states, the former Massachusetts territory of Maine was admitted as the 23rd state. Missouri became the 24th state and 12th slave state on August 10, 1821.

The Legendary Mike Fink
One of the first great characters on the Mississippi was the legendary keelboatman, Mike Fink. He was bigger than life, the equal of Davy Crockett and Dan'l Boone, a great hunter, fighter and river man. Fink was known for his great demonstrations of shooting accuracy. He supposedly died when he shot a tin cup from the head of a volunteer, who fainted from the stress. The man's brother, believing Fink's victim had died, then shot and killed Fink.
Sponsor: Cape Girardeau Evening Optimist Club

Panel Sponsors:
Nancy and Norma Blattner
This panel is dedicated to John T. (Tim) Blattner and the members of the River Heritage Mural Association. It is because of their efforts that Cape Girardeau
is fortunate to have this Missouri River Tale
mural and many other community murals that tell the stories and history of the people of our city.
HM NumberHM21AS
Placed ByMississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 276872 N 4131718
Decimal Degrees37.30535000, -89.51761667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.321', W 89° 31.057'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 19.26" N, 89° 31' 3.4199999999999" 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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