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Southeast Missourian The Missourian Building on Broadway and Lorimier is a 1925 landmark. The Daily Republican started in 1904 and changed it’s name to the Southeast Missourian in 1918. The first issue was published in a room in the old Opera House. It was evicted from the Opera House because the noise from the press drowned out actors on the stage. It was purchased by Gary Rust in 1986 as Rust Communications flagship publication. Rust Communications has 18 daily papers, 30 weekly papers and 17 radio stations in eight states. The Missourian building at the corner of Broadway and Lorimier Street was a building landmark. Instead of building an ordinary office building, The Naeters (the original owners) displayed a flair for the city’s history as a province of Spain and France and produced an ornate structure with Spanish and Moorish curves and hues. Two tile murals of extraordinary beauty adorn the east wall of the building. Wimpy’s Hamburger Dynasty In Cape Girardeau, a Wimpy's hamburger business began in a small stand next to a filling station located by the entrance to Arena Park. The Wimpy's hamburger stand was first owned by the Bilderbacks in 1935. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Daugherty purchased the business soon after. Around 1940 the filling station went out of business, the Daughertys converted the filling station into an expanded Wimpy's. They put in an efficiency living area in the back. There was a counter with 4 stools for inside dining. Behind the counter was the grill and small kitchen. Curb hops waited on customers in cars outside. In May 1942 Freeman Lewis and his friend Bill Magill stopped in to have a hamburger. While talking to Mrs. Daughtery, she mentioned she wanted to sell the business for $800. Freeman and his mother and father talked it over and decided they would see if they could raise the money. They did, and took over that summer. Freeman was 19. The building was being rented from the city of Cape Girardeau for $30 a month. In 1947, the city informed them that they wanted to terminate the lease to tear down the building to build a new entrance to Arena Park. Freeman found out that this building, across the highway, was for sale. Originally Haman's Sandwich Shop, it was now a car repair shop, Kuykendall's Garage. The Lewis family bought this building and remodeled it while still serving Wimpyburgers in the original service station building. Remember Wimpy’s Skyway at the Cape Municipal Airport 1960-1968. The source of this history is a great site by Rob Lewis http://www.robsgenealogy.com/wimpys_history/wimpys_history.htm What defines small town living... Obviously, to someone living in New York City or Los Angeles this must seem like a small town. But, it didn’t seem like it then. Life was simple and life in Cape was fun, and when you turn around, it is suddenly in the distant past. Our perspective changes as we go thru life, but our love of what was a simpler past will never leave us. Wimpy’s Hamburgers, District Fairs, Cape Rock and submarine races, Cherry Hill, A&W Root Beer by the Gallon and the Starvue Drive-in... I defy anyone to match that! I miss it! How about you?
College High Reunion Our Journey of a Lifetime Classes 1959 Thru 1965
Cape Girardeau Bridge by Sue Crocker of Sikeston Such fond memories we hold so dear, to cross such a big bridge, I had a little fear, I was just a little tyke sitting up in my seat, But I sure loved to watch the boats traveling under my feat I loved being with my grandmother, so very dearly, Especially when we would Go for a ride over the Mighty Mississippi My grandmother is gone now, In heaven she looks down, The old bridge is gone too, feels like a loss to Cape Town. But the Bill Emerson Bridge takes it's place, all shiny and new, Just think of the memories it will make too!
The city is named after Jean Baptiste de Girardot, who established a temporary trading post in the area around 1733; he was a French soldier stationed at Kaskaskia, Illinois, 1704-1720. The ‘Cape’ in the city name was a rock promontory overlooking the Mississippi River, later destroyed by railroad construction.”citation needed”As early as 1765, a bend in the Mississippi River about 60 miles (97 km) south of the French village of Ste. Genevieve had been referred to as Cape Girardot or Girardeau. The settlement there dates from 1793 when the Spanish government, which had secured Louisiana in 1764, granted Louis Lorimier, a French-Canadian, the right to establish a trading post, which gave him trading privileges and a large tract of land surrounding his post. Lorimier was made commandant of the district and prospered from the returns on his land sales and trade with indigenous peoples such as the Ozark Bluff Dwellers and the Mississippian. The town of Cape Girardeau was incorporated in 1808, prior to Missouri statehood, and was reincorporated as a city in 1843. The advent of the steamboat in 1835 led it to become the biggest port on the Mississippi River between Saint Louis and Memphis.’citation needed It was established on January 4, 1793. Map of Cape Girardeau and vicinity, showing location of its forts (September 1865). The Civil War Battle of Cape Girardeau took place April 26, 1863. The Union and Confederate armies collided in a fierce, four-hour artillery barrage on this day in which 23 Union and 30 Confederate soldiers were killed. The Old Federal Courthouse located at Broadway and Fountain Streets, built in the late 1940s, was the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case, United States v. Carmack, 329 U.S. 230 (1946), in which the Court upheld the federal government’s authority under the Condemnation Act of 1888 to seize land owned by a state or locality. 5] In December 2003, a new four-lane cable-stay bridge crossing the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau was opened. Its official name is "The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.", honoring former U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson (R-Mo.) who led the fight in Congress to appropriate federal funding for the bridge's construction. The two towers of the bridge reach a height of approximately 91 meters. The "Old Bridge" was completed in September 1928 to replace a ferry and was only 20 feet (6.1 m) wide.[6] It was demolished after the completion of the Bill Emerson Bridge. On May 21, 1941 a tornado touched down and ripped through Cape Giradeau, cutting a swath 200 yards wide, pulverizing 233 homes, and killing 23 persons. The City of Cape Girardeau was recognized in January 2008 by First Lady Laura Bush as a Preserve America Community.[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Girardeau,_Missouri
The History of Cape
The City of Roses God gave us memories so we could have roses in December
Cape Rock Drive and Submarine Races For those of you who have never seen Cape Rock in the daylight, this actually is what is at the top of that little hill in the middle of the circle drive. I have included a shot of a Missouri full moon, that is what it looks like after you wipe the fog off the windows. The Submarine Tender is rarely seen in full daylight, but is caught exposed in the open in this photo.
Cape Rock, Really!