Introduction to Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau county, is located 100 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri. The city has a population of approximately 35,349.
Cape Girardeau History
The city was named in honor of Jean Baptiste de Girardot, who was responsible for establishing a temporary trading post here in 1733. The "Cape" part of the city's name referred to a rock promontory which overlooked the Mississippi River and was destroyed later during the construction of railroads. Cape Girardeau was incorporated as a city in 1843.
Cape Girardeau and nearby Attractions
- West Park Mall
- Cape River Heritage Museum
- Arena Park
- Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
Things To Do In Cape Girardeau
The city of Cape Girardeau offers easy access to several historical sites including the Glenn House and the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site. The Cape River Heritage Museum offers valuable insight into the past of the region. The Mount Tabor Park as well as the Arena Park are popular for their recreational facilities. One take also take a walk by the beautiful Little Ponderosa. The quaint old-world Lake Hanover Church, Saint Vincent’s Church, and Hobbs Chapel are also worth paying a visit to. In addition, the city hosts the Southeast Missouri District Fair every year.
Cape Girardeau Transportation
The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport provides air transportation to the city.
Cape Girardeau Higher Education
Cape Girardeau offers higher educational facilities at the Southeast Missouri State University. Among the nearby institutes include Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, John A. Logan College, Southwestern Illinois College, and The University of Tennessee-Martin.