President Taft's VisitThe 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."
|Placed By||Mississippi 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|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 276818 N 4131368|
|Decimal Degrees||37.30218333, -89.51811667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 18.131', W 89° 31.087'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 18' 7.86" N, 89° 31' 5.22" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63703, US|
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