1880 (HM21AO)

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.279', W 89° 31.063'

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The Coming of The Railroad

After earlier attempts to build a railroad to Cape Girardeau failed, local attorney Louis Houck made an arrangement with creditors to bring a railroad into the city by midnight of January 1,1881. If he could do so, he would acquire clear title to the properties of the failed railroad. Running short of rails and time, Houck divided men into two crews - one building from the west, the other from the east. His men borrowed rails and ties form the abandoned rail line to the north and were able to build sufficient tracks to connect with the crew coming from Delta. Slowly the engine move forward. Te last rail was put in place one hour before midnight, and the engine arrived in a sleeping Cape Girardeau at 2 a.m. on New Year's Day. Cape Girardeau had a railroad!

Panel Sponsor:
Kent Zickfield
Zickfield's Jewelry and the Zickfield family, a part of the Downtown Cape Girardeau business district and supporter of community activities since 1939, sponsored this panel in memory of William August Zickfield.
HM NumberHM21AO
Placed ByMississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association
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Date Added Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 276861 N 4131641
Decimal Degrees37.30465000, -89.51771667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.279', W 89° 31.063'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 16.74" N, 89° 31' 3.7799999999999" W
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Area Code(s)573
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-98 N Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, US
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