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The city is named after Jean Baptiste de Girardot, who established a temporary trading post in the area around 1733. He was a French soldier stationed at Kaskaskia between 1704–1720 in the French colony of La Louisiane. The "Cape" in the city name referred to a rock promontory overlooking the Mississippi River; it was later destroyed by railroad construction. As early as 1765, a bend in the Mississippi River, about 60 miles (97 km) south of the French village of Ste. Genevieve, had been referred to as Cape Girardot or Girardeau.

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Main Street, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
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1846 - August 14 - The Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes near the town of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
August 14, 1846
1854 - Cape Girardeau
Cape Girardeau, a county in the E. S. E. part of Missouri, bordering on the Mississippi river, has an area of 875 square miles. It is drained by the head streams of the Whitewater, an affluent of St. Francis river, and by Apple creek : the Mississippi forms its E. boundary, and separates it from Illinois. The surface is nearly level ; the soil is rich, and extensively cultivated. Indian corn, wheat, oats, hay, tobacco, cattle, and swine are the staples. In 1850 this county produced 510,730 bushels of corn ; 62,040 of wheat ; 65,677 of oats, and 608 tons of hay. It contained 9 churches and 2 newspaper offices, 54 pupils attending public schools, and 160 attending academies or other schools. The county is plentifully supplied with good timber, including the cypress. It was settled in 1794 by French and Germans. Capital, Jackson. Population. 13,912, of whom 12,238 were free, and 1674, slaves.

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1895 - Cape Girardeau
Cape Girardeau, a city of Cape Girardeau co., Mo., on the Mississippi River, about 140 miles below St. Louis, and 44 miles above the mouth of the Ohio River. It is the seat of St. Vincent's College (Catholic), which was founded in 1844, and of the Southeastern Missouri Normal School, which has about 230 students. One daily and 3 weekly newspapers are published here. The city has 2 banks, 9 churches, 3 breweries, 4 flouring-mills, a woollen-mill, a foundry, 3 cigar-factories, &c. Pop. 4297; of the town ship, 6014. Extensive beds of pure white clay are found near this town.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Cape Girardeau, a city of Cape Girardeau co., Mo., on the Mississippi River and on the Southern Missouri and Arkansas and the Illinois Central Rs., 150 miles SSE. of St. Louis. It is the seat of St. Vincent's Academy and College (Catholic), of the Southeast State Normal School, and the Convent of the Sisters of Loreto, and has breweries, flouring-mills, brick-yards, cooperages, cigar manufactures, etc. Pop. in 1900, 4815.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1925 - Two Girls Perish In An Aeroplane
Cape Girardeau, Mo., June 8. - Pearl Bayfinger, 20, and Grace Lamer, 25, both of Cobden, Ill., were burned to death and John Hunter, St. Louis, was injured when an airplane in which they were riding fell to the ground and burst into flames here Sunday.

The machine fell from a height of forty feet.
The Gettysburg Times
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
June 8, 1925
1954 - October 3 - KFVS TV channel 12 in Cape Girardeau, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Cape Girardeau:
1. Historic Downtown Cape Girardeau:

Start your visit by exploring the historic downtown area, filled with beautifully preserved 19th-century buildings, boutique shops, art galleries, and a variety of restaurants and cafes. You can also take a leisurely stroll along the scenic riverfront promenade.

2. Cape River Heritage Museum:

Discover the fascinating history of Cape Girardeau at this museum, which showcases artifacts, exhibits, and interactive displays that highlight the city's heritage, from Native American settlements to its role in the Civil War.

3. Mississippi River Tales Mural:

Don't miss the impressive Mississippi River Tales Mural, one of the largest murals in the United States. This outdoor mural portrays the history of the river and the people who lived along its banks.

4. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center:

If you're a nature lover, this center is a must-visit. Explore the hiking trails, learn about local wildlife, and enjoy educational... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA

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male ancestorCalvin B GALUSHA (10 May 1829, Shaftsbury, Vermont, USA - 14 November 1912, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA)
female ancestorMary Jennie MERRILL (16 March 1834, , New York, USA - 8 February 1901, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA)

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male ancestorJames Hiram HURST (18 December 1858 - 1934) and female ancestorBina Jane ROE (February 1858 - 12 February 1936) married 28 November 1879

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