1918-1919 (HM21GA)

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.142', W 89° 31.086'

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The Big Freeze

In the early 20th century, the Mississippi River was a wider and slower river than today. Because it was slower, it was more inclined to freeze over in periods of cold weather.
The winter of 1918-1919 was especially frigid, and the river was covered over with ice for several weeks. A fun, but sometimes risky, activity was to walk or drive a team and wagon - or occasionally an automobile - across the frozen surface of the river.

Doris Hendricks
In memory of James E. Householder (1939-2004)
He loved the Mississippi River.
HM NumberHM21GA
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 276820 N 4131388
Decimal Degrees37.30236667, -89.51810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.142', W 89° 31.086'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 8.52" N, 89° 31' 5.1599999999999" 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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