Where the river turns a thousand tales...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO 2004008944

Bridge at night

Mississippi River at day

Where the river turns a thousand tales... Any story about Cape Girardeau has to feature the Mighty Mississippi River, and any story about Cape Girardeau and the river has to feature what has become one of Cape Girardeau's dominate architectural images: The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.

While architects may ramble off statistics (such as those below from Wikipedia), the visual majesty of the structure is what captures the attention of visitors and, yes, even locals who see it regularly.

Connecting Cape Girardeau, MO, and E. Cape Girardeau, Il, via Missouri highways 34 and 74 and Illinois 146, the towering bridge is visible from Main Street in Cape. Framed by the Common Pleas Courthouse to the right, the river and floodwall to the left, a driver going south on Main Street cannot help but stare right at the bridge.

Construction started 1996
Total length 3,953' (1,205 m)
Height 299' (91 m)
Total length 3,955 feet (1,205 m)Width 94 feet (29 m)
Longest span 1,149 feet (350 m)
Clearance below 60 feet (18 m)
Opened  December 13, 2003
The bridge was named after Congressman Bill Emerson, who served the region as US Representative and fought for its construction. From Wikipedia, "It was built just south of its predecessor, the Cape Girardeau Bridge, which was completed in 1928 and demolished in 2004. Prior to its destruction, it was documented for the Library of Congress Historic American Engineering Record Survey number HAER MO-84.

"The bridge is named after Bill Emerson, a Missouri politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 until his death in 1996. Planning for the four-lane structure began in June 1987, and construction began in late 1996. Several factors have been blamed for the bridge's many delays in planning and construction, including Illinois' reluctance to participate in the project, as well as issues with the bedrock of the river (this resulted in the hiring of a new contractor)," according to Wikipedia.

Really, now that you have seen the bridge, is it any wonder that our logo is based on it? Riverbend Realty is proud of our region's river heritage, and that is reflected in our company name and our logo's primary color!

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Comments (3)

Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Liz Lockhart The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge is outstanding.  What a lovely architectural addition to the city.  I love that it was used for your logo, as well.

Jan 13, 2015 03:50 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That's a gorgeous bridge.  Thanks for sharing the back story with us, and a couple of really great photos.

Jan 14, 2015 08:47 AM
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Thank you, Sharon Parisi  and Chris Ann Cleland!

Jan 16, 2015 11:01 AM