Down to Memphis
Trip Start May 01, 2010
29Trip End May 29, 2010
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We saw a sign standing in the middle of what appeared to be a shallow lake a mile from the river: "211 Acres For Sale." I wonder if it includes a REALLY big pump to drain the land.
We visited the “susse” (“sweet” or “cute” in German) river town of Ste
The name is a misnomer. They don’t make wine in the Cave, they just party there. We sampled five or six wines, bought a couple of bottles, and had a great conversation with the “vinista” minding the store. Then we were on our way south to Cape Girardeau.
The Cape is a pleasant river town, notable for Cape Rock, the site upon which a temporary trading post was built in 1733 by Jean Baptiste de Girardot. The advent of the steamboat in 1835 led it to become the biggest port on the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Memphis.
Our next stop was New Madrid, notable for two things: an earthquake that altered the course of the Mississippi, and a major Civil War battle. The earthquake was in 1803, about 13 years after the town was founded, and actually changed the river’s direction so that it now doubles back on itself, executing an almost 360-degree turn to the west and actually flowing north again for a short distance.
This bend in the river played a huge role in a Civil War battle some 60 years later
Speaking of Memphis, we completed our day’s journey south of the city, not far from Graceland.
Today: On down to Vicksburg for two days there.