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Down by the river: Floodwall murals in Cape Girardeau
Whether you are a history buff, an artist, a dreamer or an engineer, the riverfront and its protective floodwall are a "must see" attraction in Cape Girardeau.
More than a mere floodwall, Cape Girardeau's concrete levy is home to a 550 foot mural dubbed the Missouri Wall of Fame. Informational plaques along the way give historical facts and add to the illustrations on the wall. In addition to several scenes that depict life and times along the river throughout history, the wall features portraits of famous Missourians, who were either born in the state or reached fame while living in the state. The list includes personalities from the famous to the infamous (you decide), but one notable missing person is Walt Disney--left off due to problems obtaining licensing permission from the Disney corporation.
Those depicted on the wall include:
(Chart is from Wikipedia, but it does not give credit to any source... )
The historical scenes and Wall of Fame are, of course, on the town side of the levy. The river side of the floodwall features a painting of the bridge and the town skyline. Periodic flooding means that the river side mural needs frequent touch up.
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