1909 (HM21G8)

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.131', W 89° 31.087'

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President Taft's Visit

The first sitting President to visit Cape Girardeau was William Howard Taft, who arrived on the riverfront in the early morning of October 26, 1909. He was part of a 16-boat flotilla carrying cabinet members, Congressmen, governors, river commissioners and a large number of dignitaries who came down the river to publicize the developing effort to stabilize and deepen the river channel. A large welcome arch was constructed over the Themis Street entrance to the city. A crowd estimated at 25,000 gathered to hear the President speak from the steps of the new Academic Hall on the college campus. It was a day of great celebration in Cape, for years remembered as "Taft Day."

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· Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitor's Bureau
· Arts Council of Southeast MO * Lang's Jewelers
· Made In Missouri Store * Past-Time Antiques
· The Glenn House * Cape River Heritage
· Shivelbine's Music * The Red House
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HM NumberHM21G8
Placed ByMississippi River Tales River Heritage Mural Association Cape Girardeau, Missouri Where the river turns a thousand tales
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Date Added Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 276818 N 4131368
Decimal Degrees37.30218333, -89.51811667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.131', W 89° 31.087'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 7.86" N, 89° 31' 5.22" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63703, US
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