The Great WallAfter 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.
|Placed By||Mississippi River Tales River Heritage Mural Association Cape Girardeau, Missouri Where the river turns a thousand tales|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 276800 N 4131261|
|Decimal Degrees||37.30121667, -89.51828333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 18.073', W 89° 31.097'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 18' 4.38" N, 89° 31' 5.8200000000001" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 211 Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63703, US|
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