Cape Girardeau Area Guide
Cape Girardeau is a truly unique place, most renowned for being the world’s only inland cape. The city of Cape Girardeau lies within both Cape Girardeau and Scott counties in Southeast Missouri and is home to approximately 37,370 people. Cape Girardeau recognizes its rich history and proudly displays it in the 39 local historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cape Girardeau is the largest city in southeast Missouri and Cape Girardeau County. Discover more about this wondrous city by visiting Cape Girardeau’s official website. http://visitcape.com/index.php
Cape Girardeau began its long history as a temporary trading post founded by French soldier, Jean Baptiste de Girardot, in 1733. Girardot chose a promontory rock overlooking the Mississippi River as the site for his trading post. Trappers and river travelers soon discovered this place and called it "Cape Girardot."
The man responsible for the founding of the city of Cape Girardeau was a French-Canadian named Louis Lorimier. Lorimie came to the area from Ohio in 1793, commissioned to establish a military post from which to trade and interact with the Native Americans. Lorimier served as the city's first ambassador, the city thriving under his intelligent government and continuing promotion. In 1803, Missouri came into American possession with the Louisiana Purchase. As a direct result of this purchase, Louis Lorimier donated four acres for the establishment of a seat of justice. In 1806, the city was platted and in 1808 was incorporated into a town.
Cape Girardeau became a river boom town with the arrival of the steamboat in 1835. It soon became the busiest port between St. Louis and Memphis. The Riverfront thrived until the Civil War, bustling with activity as a commercial center and as an inviting port.
During the Civil War, Cape Girardeau was occupied by Union forces who built four forts to protect the city and river. For a brief period in 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant set up headquarters in Cape Girardeau before moving his headquarters to Cairo, Illinois. A minor skirmish was fought just west of town in 1863.
After the Civil War, Cape Girardeau continued to grow. Soon public education was established in 1867, followed by the introduction of rail service, and advances in agriculture and industry. In 1873, a university was founded in Cape Girardeau that is now Southeast Missouri State University. Discover this and more on Cape Girardeau’s rich history by visiting: http://www.cityofcapegirardeau.org/AboutCape/Historical%20Facts.aspx
Attractions & Activities
Cape River Heritage Museum
John Wesley Powell’s Fort D
For a more complete listing of Cape Girardeau’s attractions and activities, please visit: Cape Girardeau's attractions
Parks & Recreation
Shawnee Park Sports Complex
Twin Trees Park
For the information provided above as well as a more complete listing of parks found in Cape Girardeau, please visit: Cape Girardeau Parks
ERA Cape Realty
Phone (573) 334-2895
Fax (573) 334-8535
1409 N. Mt. Auburn Rd., Suite A
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701