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Editorial: Steamboats in Cape

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Downtown Cape Girardeau is full of history. From the various centers that bring history to life to the buildings and homes that have been renovated, there are plenty of opportunities for locals and visitors alike to learn about our area's heritage.

This summer and fall the historical theme of downtown continues as two steamboats with a historic touch make a total of five stops in Cape Girardeau.

Last Monday the American Queen docked in Cape Girardeau. The impressive boat was on its way from Memphis, Tenn., to St. Louis. Passengers had an opportunity to tour the floodwall murals, Red House Interpretive Center, Old St. Vincent's Catholic Church, the Glenn House, the Crisp Museum at the River Campus, the River Heritage Museum and the Convention and Visitors Bureau while in town.

The steamboat will make two more trips to Cape Girardeau: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 12 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 13.

The Queen of the Mississippi will also be making stops in Cape Girardeau soon. Public tours will not be offered. However, those who contact American Cruise Lines of Guilford, Conn., in advance may schedule a tour.

The boat docks in Cape Girardeau from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5.

Both boats dock at Riverfront Park, located at Broadway and North Water Street.

If you get a chance to see these riverboats it's worth a look. To see a photo gallery from the American Queen's recent stop, go to semissourian.com.


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I saw many of the old paddle wheelers tie up at the foot of Broadway in the late 30's and early 40's,sometims 3 at a time and I would go aboard as a paper boy and sell the Sunday paper. I worked for Stroms news agency starting at age 8 in 1935! This of course was before the seawall was put up obstructing the view.

Joe Whitright

-- Posted by Blenny man on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 3:36 PM


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