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Cape Girardeau County History

Source:  A Project of the Bicentennial Commission of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

HOW THE CITY GOT ITS NAME, by Jess E. Thilenius
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.
Don Louis 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 "Red House."
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).


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Website Updates:
November 2018
News- Transcript of personal items from Missouri Herald 1819-1820 by GT Transcription Team

June 2018
Marriage Announcements- Bess-Bess, submitted by Marjorie Bess
Census- 1815 Tax List for St. Francois Township, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri Territory, transcribed and submitted by Rich Pingilley

February 2018
News-Accidents & Tragedies
J.B. Allens family

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Wm. Kriegel

Marshal Macke
Mrs. Amelunke

Mrs. Joseph Milde




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