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“not much to see”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Cape Rock Park

Cape Rock Park
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Owner description: This is a 21-acre city park on the north side of Cape Girardeau offering great overlooks of the Mississippi River. It has no website of its own, but can be found mentioned in the city's website that I listed.
Missouri
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“not much to see”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The plus about this park is it overlooks the Mississippi River and provides a great view. Other than that there is a loop around a rock for cars to leave the park. Nothing to really do or entertain kids.

Visited February 2014
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Soldotna, Alaska
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147 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Good place to see the river.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

This is a historic spot, and has great view of a turn in the Mississippi. Fun to watch the boats pushing huge loaded barges up and around the bend. On a nice day, a good picnic place.

Nothing much else to say other than this is the spot that Cape Girardeau got it start from as well as its name.

Visited February 2014
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White River Junction, Vermont
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“William Cullen Bryant's Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

In 1832, the most important American poet of the first half of the 19th century, William Cullen Bryant, took a leave from his job as editor of the New York Evening Post in order to visit his brother and see the West. Cape Girardeau was the southwesternmost point of his trip. But Bryant was not just a poet, rising editor of the most respected news paper of its time, and a founder of the Republican Party. For seven years prior to his Western trip, he had also been one of the more important pioneers in American short fiction before the debuts of Poe and Hawthorne.

On seeing Cape Rock (which gave the town its name) he found inspiration for a story, "The Skeleton's Cave." That story exemplifies the naturalist approach to fiction -- which literary history attributes to Emile Zola's Le Roman experimental, written in 1880! Bryant's story may be the first and most precise expression of that approach to fiction as a "laboratory" studying human behavior. The story and the commentary may be read in The Complete Stories of William Cullen Bryant," to be published in April, 2014. (Distributor: University Press of New England)

(Unfortunately, the Cape Rock promontory that inspired the story was destroyed in the building of a railroad.)

Visited September 2013
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Cabool, Missouri
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295 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Nice Park”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

WE went to the Park early one morning, and watched the sun come up over the Mississippi River. Nice.

Visited November 2013
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

This is absolutely a beautiful stop along the Mississippi River to hang out and get a great, peaceful view. It's not a big tourist attraction, but has special meaning to most of the locals. If the river is low, you can walk out on the rocks or sandy areas and explore.

Visited September 2013
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