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Depicts scenes from Bloomfield's early history. One of the murals is located on the corner of North Prairie and West Seneca streets; the other is located on the corner North Prairie and West Missouri streets.
The 1,100-foot-long Mississippi River Tales Mural, with interpretive signage, features 24 panels depicting scenes from Cape Girardeau's history and the town's connection with the Mississippi River.
Each panel covers the 15-foot height of the flood wall. The stone arches of each mural create the illusion of looking through the wall at the historically themed scenes.
This attraction has an audio tour, which you can access on your cell phone from the physical site, to give you the complete history.
Centralia has a rich history and the mural was painted to depict parts of that history. Centralia was known as the Prairie Queen because of the vast prairie upon which it was founded. The city's founding fathers commissioned an artist to record the best qualities of the ladies of Centralia. Those qualities were combined into one image and that drawing became known as the Prairie Queen.
In this mural, the Prairie Queen is opening the book of Centralia's history. Central to the city's history is the railroad. The stagecoach was also important to transportation, and the stagecoach in the mural represents the events leading up to the Centralia Massacre.
Flags representing both Union and Confederate forces are included in the image because Centralia's population was divided during the Civil War. The mural is located at the corner of Railroad and Allen streets.
Step Back in Time
The history of Cape Girardeau is on full display during this getaway.
Where Gray Ghosts Walked
Confederate Guerrillas, known as Gray Ghosts, were active in these areas.
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