Byrd Township, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

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Byrd Township
Map highlighting Byrd Township, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.svg
Coordinates: 37°23′28″N 089°40′02″W / 37.39111°N 89.66722°W / 37.39111; -89.66722Coordinates: 37°23′28″N 089°40′02″W / 37.39111°N 89.66722°W / 37.39111; -89.66722
Country United States
State Missouri
County Cape Girardeau
 • Total 62.64 sq mi (162.23 km2)
 • Land 62.62 sq mi (162.2 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)  0.02%
Elevation[1] 430 ft (131 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 15,693
 • Density 250.6/sq mi (96.8/km2)
FIPS code 29-10234[2]
GNIS feature ID 0766396

Byrd Township is one of ten townships in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 15,693.


Byrd Township was founded in 1807 as one of the original five townships of Cape Girardeau County.[3] The township has the name of Abraham Byrd, a county commissioner.[4]


Byrd Township covers an area of 62.64 square miles (162.2 km2) and contains one incorporated settlement, Jackson (the county seat). It contains ten cemeteries: Byrd, Herzinger, Horrell, Howard, Mogler, Ramsey, Russell, Russell Heights, Slinkerd and Walker.

The streams of Cane Creek, Goose Creek, Helderman Creek and Horrell Creek run through this township.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ History of Southeast Missouri: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests, Volume 1. Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. p. 163. 
  4. ^ "Cape Girardeau County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 

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