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The Coming of the Railroad ~ 1880

barnsis

Marquand, United States

Artist's Description

Note: All images in this series may be found in the Wall Art collection on our page.

Cape Girardeau Missouri sits on the Mississippi River in Southeast Missouri. There is a long concrete flood wall all along the down town area, between the river and the town. It has gates that can be closed during floods to protect the buildings along the river front.

After earlier attempts to bring a railroad to Cape Girardeau failed, local attorney Louis Houck made an arrangement to bring a railroad into the city by midnight January 1, 1881. If he could do so he would acquire clear title to the properties of the failed railroad. Running short of rails and time Houck divided his men into two crews ~ one building from the west, the other from the east. His men borrowed rails and ties from the abandoned rail line to the north and were able to build sufficient track to connect with the crew coming from Delta. Slowly, the engine moved forward. The last rail was put in place one hour before midnight, and the engine arrived in a sleeping Cape Girardeau at 2 AM on New Year’s Day. Cape Girardeau had a railroad.

The River Heritage Mural Association had artists (listed below) paint the entire wall with historic scenes. The scenes are called the “Mississippi River Tales”. This is the fifteenth Panel in the series.

The cut stone wall you see here is actually painted on the smooth concrete wall. Then the historic scenes are painted over the cut stone look art. The entire Wall Mural has an 18,000 square foot painted area, is 15 foot tall and 1,100 feet long.

Kent Zackfield; Zackfield’s Jewelery and the Zackfield Family, a part of downtown Cape Girardeau business district and supporters of community activities since 1939, sponsored this panel in honor of William August Zackfield.

Designed and Painted by Thomas Melvin Painting Studio Chicago
Artists include ~ Thomas Melvin ~ Cameron Pfiffner ~ Gary Borremans ~ Craig Thomas ~ Megan Thrower ~ Amanda Thornberry ~ May Melvin ~ Ian Caldwell ~~ Painting of the Murals started in October 2003 ~ (Sketches were started the year before) ~ Completed December 2004 ~ The Wall Murals were Dedicated July 7, 2005

Cape Girardeau Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau ~ 400 Broadway Street ~ Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-5636 ~ (573) 335-1631
Fuji Finepix S5800

Note: All of the art on the flood wall at Cape Girardeau Missouri is copyright protected. I have permission from the copyright owners to show my images of this art, however none of it is for sale.
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