Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Another river town...

On our little getaway last week, we stopped in at Cape Girardeau which is about 115 miles south of St Louis on I-55 next to the Mississippi River.   It is an interesting town that we have seen before, but it is always worth a stop anytime.  The city has numerous murals with the largest being the Mississippi River Tales Mural on the flood-wall which spans the length of the downtown shopping district.  The mural has about 24 panels and each one tells a bit of the history of Cape Girardeau. 

The Great Flood of 1993, which I won't go into detail about since it's easily found on the internet, was held back from the city by the flood-wall and the photos above show how just how high the flood water was.  The photo below from the internet shows the water right up to the wall.  I wish I had taken a better shot of just how far down it is to the water from where you see the girl sitting.  And then look at the 1993 mark on the monument...it is quite mind-boggling.  

(Internet photo)


Here is my photo of the new bridge that replaced the one in the photo above this one.  This photo doesn't do it justice as it was evening when I was shooting and the lighting wasn't good.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!  :D  However, here is a spectacular photo (that I was unsure about copying) of this beautiful bridge if you care to see it.  I must say that it is also a very pretty bridge at night with the lights on it.  

Can you believe that today is the last day of August?  I really can't believe that summer is almost over and even though I love Autumn in all it's glory, I'm thinking that this summer (hot as it was) was way too short!  Maybe with cooler temperatures ahead, I'll finally get some of those projects I've put off done.   

Until next time...


31 comments:

  1. Welcome back Cheryl. beautiful photos. I for one am glad to see summer end, it has been a tough one for us drought and extreme heat. Our mornings this week have been cool with warm days. Perfect days.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Sue

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  2. Good pictures of another beautiful Missouri town. I have never been there either.

    This is one summer I am happy to see go! It was 100° and still dry here today.

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  3. The Mississippi in so impressive. I love seeing it and crossing it. That bridge is impressive, too! Thank you for sharing your photos and the link! I liked yours just as well! ;) blessings ~ tanna

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  4. that bridge is neat with the suspension wires - almost like a harp. :)

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  5. Flood water depths can be amazing. We haven't dealt with anything of that magnitude, but just our few feet is scary enough!
    Thanks for sharing. I agree with TexWis girl's comment!

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  6. Those high water marks are scary.
    The Mississippi River is so steeped in history that I was giddy the first time I crossed it.
    Welcome back, rest up now.

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  7. this marker is mind boggling, wow and i did jump over to see the bridge, and it gets double wow. some bridge. i am reading this on the 1st day of sept and cant believe it, TG and Christmas are looming and moving up fast.

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  8. I have never been to Cape Girardeau, Missouri --but I know about it. A gal who worked for me in Texas was from Cape Girardeau. She still had relatives there --so she visited their on occasion and talked alot about it. Neat that you were there and took pictures.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. I can't believe it's September 1st! Time is flying by!
    The water marks are crazy! That bridge reminds me of a bird, beautiful.

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