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Mercy's St. John's hospital once stood here and on May 22, 2011 it took a direct hit from an EF-5 tornado, the most powerful classification for a tornado. Its path of destruction continued to the east and at one point was nearly a mile wide, event…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM21GD_1927_Cape-Girardeau-MO.html
The great flood of 1927 remains the flood by which all Mississippi River floods are measured.The devastating effect upon the lower Mississippi River resulted in the Jadwin Plan, which sought to control the river with a coordinated system of levees…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM21GC_1925_Cape-Girardeau-MO.html
Two of the most exciting new trends of the 1920s were jazz and ballroom dancing. The riverboats were ideal locations for both. Here, Jess Stacy on piano and Raymond F. "Peg" Meyer on saxophone, Berg Snider on drums, and Pete Lowry on banjo perform…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM21GB_1924_Cape-Girardeau-MO.html
For most of the 19th century and the first third of the 20th,steamboats were vital to the economic livelihood of Cape Girardeau and southeast Missouri. Three steamboats bore the name "Cape Girardeau," the last being christened here in 1924. Riverb…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM21GA_1918-1919_Cape-Girardeau-MO.html
In the early 20th century, the Mississippi River was a wider and slower river than today. Because it was slower, it was more inclined to freeze over in periods of cold weather. The winter of 1918-1919 was especially frigid, and the river was cov…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM21G9_1916_Cape-Girardeau-MO.html
The city was awaken to the shriek of a steamboat whistle early on the morning of March 15, 1916, to the biggest fire in Cape's history. The blaze began south of Broadway engulfing the Terminal Hotel, the Buckner-Ragsdale Store, the Frisco Railroad…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM21G8_1909_Cape-Girardeau-MO.html
The first sitting President to visit Cape Girardeau was William Howard Taft, who arrived on the riverfront in the early morning of October 26, 1909. He was part of a 16-boat flotilla carrying cabinet members, Congressmen, governors, river commissi…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM21G2_the-civil-war-the-boys-of-summer_Cape-Girardeau-MO.html
The Civil War Dred Scott (1795-1858) was born into slavery in Virginia and relocated with the family when it moved to St. Louis in 1830. In 1846, he sued to gain his freedom. After 11 years, in a landmark decision, he was denied his freedom by th…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM21FR_hollywood_Cape-Girardeau-MO.html
Ginger Rogers (1911-1958) was born in Independence, MO. Nicknamed Feathers, she was a dancer extraordinaire and attained real stardom paired with Fred Astaire. She got her start in vaudeville at the age 14, and her first big movie hit was 42nd str…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM21FP_muralist-broadcasters_Cape-Girardeau-MO.html
MuralistThomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was born in Neosho, MO. An America regionalist painter, he is best known for his mural paintings depicting common everyday scenes of Midwestern life. Some of his most famous paintings and murals are located a…
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