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Address: 920 West Fort Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
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+1 573-339-6340

This is a small city park unit that is the only Civil War defensive fort...

This is a small city park unit that is the only Civil War defensive fort still remaining for the city of Cape Girardeau.

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Stumbled upon a fort in Cape....

Very nice little spot overlooking the bridge. I can see why it was selected to be a fort. Not much original left but there is a reconstructed powder house to look at. Lots of... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must see when in Cape Girardeau. Here you will see original earth works that protected the Union soldiers during our Civil War. You will also see a replica of the original fort but some say not so much. This fort was one of four that helped to protect the river traffic during the war. Cape Girardeau did have one... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Very nice little spot overlooking the bridge. I can see why it was selected to be a fort. Not much original left but there is a reconstructed powder house to look at. Lots of interpretive panels to read. I learned something else about John Wesley Powell that I had never heard of, knowing him mainly for his exploration thru the... More 

Thank FormerRezPilot
Machesney Park, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

I came to MS to visit a family member that cannot drive. So I got on Tripadvisor and decided to try and find some things to do while I was here. I found this... I decided too go and check it out after seeing what looked like really neat pictures. Let me tell you, my gaps had me circle in... More 

Thank Lisicdrake2016
Paducah, KY
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

We visited yesterday, Dec 11th. Obviously this is the off-season, so there were no activities & we had it all to ourselves. As a photographer, this was a good thing. Lots of interesting historical facts to be had on the plaques in front of Fort D. Easy access for all & it was an fun 30 minute activity. Worth the... More 

1 Thank Shirlee2u
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21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

Great to visit a little piece of local Civil War history! The markers provide a lot of information. While the surrounding neighborhood is a little shabby, it's not a drawback to a visit. Park in the lot of an old school across the street and enjoy your visit!

Thank Sally C
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

Fort D in Cape is close to the Mississippi River and SEMO River Campus. They have reenactments and activities at the fort. You have to view the schedule for events. It is close to the Red House and other River Front activities.

Thank Sherry J
Le Roy, Kansas
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

This place had all the lawn mowed nicely, but the actual fort was in major disrepair. Broken glass and trash thrown inside the building. I'm glad it was preserved but needs some tlc.

Thank Tamara C
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47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

It is appropriate that small cities preserve some of their heritage & history. Not every monument is extraordinary, but can still have meaning. We try to take the time to read the plaques and really look at whatever is displayed. We discuss it, and ask questions about what we are not familiar with. Yes, it is in a rough-looking area,... More 

Thank annmillernavy
Champaign, Illinois
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112 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

I applaud Cape Girardeau for keeping the site of this historic fort open (the other 3 no longer exist). We spent about 20 minutes reading some of the historical plaques, viewing the grounds and the overlook of the Mississippi River. Unfortunately, the site is a little worn down and in need of some tender loving care (please replace the tattered... More 

1 Thank Adagio_Travelers
Cabool, Missouri
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294 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

This was our first place to visit in the Cape Girardeau area, and we enjoyed the numerous historical plaques, and the authentic old Fort building overlooking the Mississippi River. The drawback was location, it was in a run down area, and we did not feel very safe.

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