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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s.

Please comment on the articles when you see I have left out a bit of history, forgotten a name or when your memory of a circumstance conflicts with mine. (My mother says her stories have improved now that more and more of the folks who could contradict her have died off.) Your information helps to make this a wonderful archive and may end up in book form.

Skipping Rocks on the Mississippi

Last summer about this time, I showed the Duncan kids learning how to skip rocks down on the riverfront. Here are a couple boys doing the same thing in 1966.

If you click on the photo to maker it larger, you can see what looks like a travel trailer being pulled across the bridge. I wonder if the driver’s knuckles were white?

9 comments to Skipping Rocks on the Mississippi

  • Terry Hopkins

    Hey, I thought you were doing a giant “HONEY DO” list and were taking 6 to 10 weeks off! Now I get another cool shot of the river in today’s email!
    If you are going to take off a day or two DO IT!

    …and by the way, when I click on the pictures you always say ” click on the pictures ot make it larger, the pictures is many times much smaller that regular picture in the article…what gives with that?

    The drivers knuckles are white on the bridge…I had 59 Chevy with the BIG fins and I had white knuckles when a truck was coming the other way! Two trucks on the bridge was a butt tightening experiance for sure.

    …now you go back to work on your list!

  • My Shy Reader friend sent me an email that she had heard a rumor: “They’re gonna stop kids from skipping stones in the river here.”

    WHAT!?!? Sounds like something some bureaucrat would do. Then, she hit me with the punchline:

    “It’s so low, the Coast Guard’s afraid barges will go aground on the skipped stones.”

  • I saw a sign like that on the Kanawha River at St. Albans, WV this summer. What I want to know is WHO is going to enforce it?

  • Dick McClard

    Being one of the world’s foremost rock skippers, I have skipped rocks on the Mississippi River. But while demonstrating for the public while on the Current River a few years ago I felt a twinge in my shoulder and haven’t been able to participate since. It has always been my contention that the city should supply a mound of reasonably shaped rocks for skipping down on the river front. It would help keep the rip-rap erosion control rock from being used.

    • The hunt for the perfect skipping rock is part of the fun. Now, if they city would salt them around the rip-rap, then that would be OK.

      Even if they piled them up in one place, veteran rockskippers would still search for the “perfect” rock.

  • Linda Underdown

    Remember when the barge with the orchestra would come to Cape? It was probably around 1965 or so. Anyway, during the concert, the orchestra leader stopped the music and asked me to stop throwing rocks into the river it was throwing the musicians off the beat. Oops!!

  • Keith Robinson

    All; to view Ken’s pictures larger, right-click on them and open in a new window.

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