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Cape Girardeau County
Source: A Project of the Bicentennial
Commission of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
HOW THE CITY GOT ITS NAME, by Jess E.
How Cape Girardeau received its name
stems from old records that show almost two and a half centuries ago a
young ensign named Jean Baptiste Girardot (Girardeau) was with the "French
Royale Troupes de Marines" stationed at Kaskaskia and crossed to west of
the Mississippi River to establish his trading post on a rock promontory,
now known as "Cape Rock Park." This picturesque eminence with the current
of the river striking its base made a cove, or cape, that gave this French
soldier and trader extensive view and shelter for his boats.
Lorimer established Cape Girardeau as a permanent settlement in
1793. He was a Frenchman who traveled to the Upper Louisiana area of
the Louisiana Purchase. Lorimer was born in 1748 in Etienne,
Montreal, Canada. Lorimer built a residence, which was called the
On January 1, 1807, Joseph McFerron was appointed the
first postmaster of the area by President Thomas Jefferson. He was elected
in 1808 one of the five trustees of the new town. Jackson was
designated the county seat of the newly formed Cape Girardeau County.
(More county history).