Cape Girardeau County Historical Society acknowledges 151st anniversary of Steamboat Stonewall tragedy

Updated: Oct. 27, 2020 at 10:59 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - October 27 marks a tragic anniversary in Cape Girardeau’s History.

On October, 27, 1869, a steamboat named Stonewall caught fire and sank in the Mississippi River near Neely’s Landing.

There were said to be anywhere from 250 to 300 people on board, but only about 50 of them survived the tragedy 151 years ago.

Bill Eddleman, the Associate Director of Research Center in Cape Girardeau, said the tragedy is one people may have never heard about.

“This was a part of being a river town at one point. Steamboats and steamboat disasters... No one is even aware anymore because of the passage of time," said Eddleman

You can read more about the Sinking of the Stonewall Steamboat on the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society’s Facebook page.

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