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Road Trippin' - Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau boasts spectacular views of the Mississippi River.

Cape Girardeau is a booming river town that holds a lot of Missouri history.If you've ever wondered why Missouri is called the "Show-Me State", look no further.

In the mid 1890's, Willard Duncan Vandiver was the president of what is now Southeast Missouri State University. He also served in the US House of Representatives.

In a heated debate, he was credited with saying: "I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me."

From then, Missouri was known as the Show-Me State.

Cape Girardeau is also the birthplace of the Missouri state flag. Marie Oliver created it, and it was adapted as the official state flag in 1913.

"Marie Oliver chose the Missouri state seal to be in the middle of it," said Charlotte Slinkard, curator of the Cape River Heritage Museum. "She wanted the flag to represent the colors of the American flag - she chose red, white and blue - she thought that was appropriate."

While many come to Cape Girardeau to learn about Missouri history, there's one other thing that attracts thousands of tourists each year.

"Most people come to Cape to see the river," said historian Jerry Ford. "It's amazing."

With centuries worth of state history and breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, Cape Girardeau is a hidden treasure tucked away in southeast Missouri.

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