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Fort D Historic Site

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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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920 Fort St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
No Smoking
Activities On-site
Activities Within 10 Miles
Backpacking Trail
Biking / Walking Trails
Casino Gaming
Historic District
Winery / Vineyard
Cost Of Admission
Free Admission
General Interest Info
Open Year-round
Group Policy
Advance Contact Required
Pet Policy
Pets On Leash Allowed
Service Animals Welcome