Mississippi River

Smithsonian And Kellerman Foundation Bring “Water/Ways” Exhibition To Cape

Oct 30, 2020
Photo by Beau Nations, Southeast Arrow Reporter

The Kellerman Foundation of Cape Girardeau won a grant from The Smithsonian Institution to be one of five establishments in Missouri to showcase the “Water/Ways” exhibition.

The 20 cases housing the exhibit were so large, the door to Heritage Hall in downtown Cape needed to be removed in order to move the pieces inside. Volunteers for The Kellerman Foundation helped assemble the large collection in preparation for its opening on Monday, Oct. 19.

John Moore

It was a sunny and very breezy day, last Sunday, October 4th, as one small raft came into view on the Mississippi River. A man who is normally behind his desk or safely on solid ground in any other year, and his very small crew and mascot dog "Puppa", made a stop at the Kidd's dock on the banks of the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau. This wasn't his only destination.

Courtesy of: American Queen Steamboat Company / www.AQSC.com

The reopening of the riverfront floodgates means steamboats cruising up and down the Mississippi will be able to dock in Cape Girardeau.

There’s been some discoordination this summer about when the American Queen and the Queen of the Mississippi would be able to dock due to high river levels, but Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau office administrator, Betty Seesing Roth says the conditions they're facing have been nothing out of the ordinary. 

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

The Broadway floodgate has been reopened in Cape Girardeau after a steady decline in Mississippi River levels.

“We are glad that it is open, that we can at least get the one open,” says Public Works Director Stan Polivick. 

The Broadway gate opened Monday morning, but Polivick says a difference in elevation--about 18 inches--is keeping the Themis Street floodgate closed until later this week, when he expects waters to recede further. This could happen by Wednesday or Thursday. 

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

The Missouri Department of Transportation has reopened Chester Bridge to traffic earlier than anticipated.


The bridge passed inspections by MoDOT crews this morning and opened at 10 a.m., based on Mississippi River levels and projections.


According to a press release on Wednesday, the district’s bridge engineer planned on holding inspections this morning and opening the bridge to traffic this afternoon.