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From Civil War sites to beautiful and stately homes, there are a variety of historic sites to see in Cape Girardeau. Take some time to learn more about this Mississippi River city and its importance in Missouri history.


A. Fort D Historic Site

Walk the grounds of this Civil War fort, which was one of four built under the direction of Lt. John Wesley Powell. Powell later gained fame as the explorer of the Grand Canyon. Of the four earthen forts during the summer of 1861, only Fort D remains.

B. Cape Girardeau Common Pleas Courthouse

Continue your journey around Cape by visiting another site of Civil War significance, the Common Pleas Courthouse. Completed in 1854, the courthouse has a dungeon area that was used to jail southern sympathizers and perhaps Confederate soldiers. This attraction has an audio tour that can be accessed on-site with your cell phone.


A. Mississippi River Tales Mural

Before the sun goes down, see one of the most famous sites in Cape. The 1,100-foot-long Mississippi River Tales Mural features 24 panels depicting scenes from the city's history, along with interpretive signage. The mural adorns the floodwall in downtown Cape Girardeau. This attraction has an audio tour; dial into it with your cell phone from the site.


A. The Glenn House

The Glenn House was built in 1883 for Lulu Deane and her husband, David A. Glenn, a Cape Girardeau merchant and banker. They occupied the home until 1915. Restored rooms depict life, circa 1900, when the house was remodeled. Visit the website for group and special tour information, plus details on holiday-season tours.

B. Old St. Vincent’s Church

Built in 1853; the English Gothic Revival architecture is rare. Contains more than 100 medieval, plaster masks portraying characters from the Miracle and Mystery plays. The pews and altars are original. This attraction has an audio tour that you can dial into from your cell phone from the church site.

The public is invited to tour Old St. Vincent's Church on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., from the first of May through the end of September. Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. While admission is free, donations are appreciated and will be used to preserve Old St. Vincent's for future generations.


C. Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

Take an afternoon drive (about 25 minutes) west of Cape to see the the four-story, stone and brick water-powered mill, which dates to around 1867. The 140-foot Burfordville Covered Bridge crosses the Whitewater River that powers the mill. Off of Route 34 onto Route OO to Route HH.