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At work on “1909 President Taft’s Visit”

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The first sitting President to visit Cape Girardeau was William Howard Taft, who arrived on the riverfront in the early morning of October 26, 1909.  He was part of a 16-boat flotilla carrying cabinet members, Congressmen, governors, river commissioners and a large number of dignitaries who came down the river to publicize the developing effort to stabilize and deepen the river channel.  A large welcome arch was constructed over the Themis Street entrance to the city.  A crowd estimated at 25,000 gathered to hear the President speak from the steps of the new Academic Hall on the college campus.  It was a day of great celebration in Cape, for years remembered as “Taft Day”.