city of murals
Cape Girardeau is known as the
home of Southeast Missouri State University and radio
talk show host Rush Limbaugh. It could just as easily gain a reputation
as the “City
At least 11 major murals decorate
this Mississippi River community. Along with a Missouri Wall of Fame,
a Heritage of Music mural and a River Heritage mural, Cape Girardeau
now boasts a 1,200-foot-long mural depicting significant events in
history, from pre-settlement to modern times.
Painted by the Thomas
Melvin Painting Studio of Chicago, the “Mississippi
River Tales” mural includes 24 arched scenes on the 17-foot-tall Army Corps
of Engineers flood wall along Water Street in downtown Cape Girardeau. Gary Borremans,
cover, is a member of the eight-artist crew that painted the mural. At left is
Thomas Melvin, who led the effort.
Among the subjects depicted on
the wall are the Girardot trading post at Cape Rock, Napoleon and the
Louisiana Purchase, the Trail of Tears, modern barges and the late-U.S.
Rep. Bill Emerson and the recently constructed bridge that stands in
his honor as one of Cape’s most
impressive landmarks, just south of the mural.
For information on all of Cape Girardeau’s murals contact the Convention
and Visitor’s Bureau at 1-800-777-0068.