Fort D Historic Site

19
920 Fort St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: 800-777-0068
Open sunrise-sunset.

In the summer of 1861, four forts were built around the strategic city of Cape Girardeau. Fort D was designed by German-American engineers. The forts were built by soldiers, under the direction of Lt. John Wesley Powell; he later gained fame as the explorer of the Grand Canyon.

Fort D featured as many as five cannons, the largest of which could fire a 32-pound cannon ball. The fort was manned throughout the Civil War.

Of the four earthen forts, only Fort D remains. It is located four blocks south of the intersection of Route 74 and Sprigg Street. Living History demonstrations are held Memorial weekend, July 4th and Labor Day.

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GENERAL INTEREST INFO
  • open year-round
FOR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
  • Partially Wheelchair Accessible
SMOKING POLICY
  • No Smoking
SUITABLE FOR THESE AGE GROUPS
  • All ages
ACTIVITIES ON-SITE OR WITHIN 10 MILES
  • casino gaming
  • fishing
  • winery / vineyard
  • biking / walking trails
  • backpacking trail
  • golf
PET POLICY
  • service animals welcome
  • pets on leash allowed
RATES
  • free admission
GROUP POLICY
  • advance contact required
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