Cape Girardeau is a city located in the county of the same name in Missouri, 100 miles south of Saint Louis. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 35,349.
The city is named after Jean Baptiste Girardot, a French soldier who established a temporary trading post in the area around 1733. 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.
Web Sites and Links
Semo District FairThe official website.Cape Girardeau. Information about the fair and fair events in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.