1964 (HM21FG)

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.073', W 89° 31.097'

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The Great Wall

After centuries of floods, the Mississippi River flood-wall provided protection from the floodwaters that periodically ravaged Cape Girardeau. Construction began on the massive flood-control project in 1956 and was completed in 1964 at the cost of more than $4 million. The system of earthen levees and concrete walls parallels the river for 7,210 feet and includes two pumping stations, five gates and six drainage structures. It proved its worth in protecting Cape Girardeau's downtown in the huge flood on 1973, 1993, and 1995. The towboat is the Elizabeth Ann, owned by the Eribacher family of Cape Girardeau.

Panel Sponsor:
Missouri Dry Dock and Missouri Barge Line
The M/V Elizabeth Ann, built in 1958, was designed and built by Missouri Dry Dock and Repair Company, Inc. Since the boat's construction, it has been operated by Missouri Barge Line Company, Inc. Both Missouri Dry Dock and Repair Company, Inc. (Started in 1953) and Missouri Barge Line Company, Inc. (started in 1945) were founded by Robert W. Eribacher.
HM NumberHM21FG
Placed ByMississippi River Tales River Heritage Mural Association Cape Girardeau, Missouri Where the river turns a thousand tales
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Date Added Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 276800 N 4131261
Decimal Degrees37.30121667, -89.51828333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.073', W 89° 31.097'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 4.38" N, 89° 31' 5.8200000000001" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 211 Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63703, US
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