Downtown Cape Girardeau has a rich history that spans all the way back to its earliest beginnings circa 1793. Take a look at some important dates from the past and learn how they correspond to some present-day happenings in #DowntownCG!
Monday, the 12th
1985 – Nearly 35 years ago, the Parks Department was seen down by the river front cleaning in preparation for soon-to-be docking “Delta Queen,” “Mississippi Queen,” and “New Orleans” riverboats. If we could go back in time to 1985, the activity along the river would mirror our current Riverfront Park for the past couple of weeks with the flood cleanup and dockings of the “Queen of the Mississippi” and “American Queen.” (It’s nice to see that the names haven’t changed much over the decades). The next riverboat docking for 2019 is scheduled to be the “America” riverboat from 8:30 am to noon tomorrow, August 13th.
Tuesday, the 13th
1931 – Locally grown produce has always been a favorite for this area. In 1931, the daily newspaper included a detailed article about the area’s peach harvest. Regional orchards like Pioneer Orchard with prices ranging from 75 to $1.50 per bushel were detailed in the article covering the “greatest peach crop in history.” As for present day, local peaches can be found at the Riverfront Market on Saturday. There are also several places downtown where you can find perfect-for-summer peach ice cream: Spanish Street Farmacy, Sugar Chic, and Old Town Ice Cream Co., just to name a few!
Wednesday, the 14th
1920 – Roughly a century ago, Cape showed its love for local baseball. Cape citizens raised $1,000 in support of a salaried baseball team; everyone was willing to pay extra to bring the best players possible to the area. However, the Cape Girardeau Baseball Association decided to vote against salaries for the 1920 season and all of the donators were given their money back. In this century, the popular, new Cape Catfish show our city’s continued love for baseball. The team is currently playing in the Prospect League Playoffs tonight and tomorrow, August 12-13.
Thursday, the 15th
1949 – Seventy years ago on this day, a local family-owned business opened its doors: Cape-Kil. Originally named Cape Chemical Co., Cape-Kil has been family owned and operated by a father and daughter of the Knote family. This family has a tradition of completing a degree from Purdue University and then returning to Cape to benefit local people. Founder and father, Charles Knote, focused more on agriculture while his daughter and current owner, Lizbe, invents better ways to kill household pests like mice and bed bugs. Congrats Cape-Kil on your platinum anniversary and thank you for adding to our downtown community!
Friday, the 16th – A Timeless Day for Music
1958 – The pop singer from the 80s and 90s who is so well-known that she only needs one name – Madonna – was born this day. Sorry to all Madonna fans out there, but she is turning 61 this year!
1969 – Woodstock happened on this weekend 50 years ago, and on August 16th, one of my favorite bands performed: Creedence Clearwater Revival!
1977 – The King of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley also died on August 16th. He was one of my favorite singers growing up.
2018 – Iconic female singer Aretha Franklin dies in Detroit. I still remember watching on the news the long lines of people waiting to go in to her visitation.
As for 2019, we get the return of the Fall Series of Tunes at Twilight with Jimmy Davis performing at 6:30pm. He is country/folk singer that appeals to nearly every music and Downtown Cape lover! Come see him perform at Ivers Square.
*Most of the information has been compiled from the Southeast Missourian archives.