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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.

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Common Pleas Courthouse 1964 Aerial Photo

The Common Pleas Courthouse reigns over downtown Cape Girardeau in this aerial photo taken April 14, 1964. It’s a coincidence, but that’s almost a year to the day to when Ernie Chiles and I did a flight that launched me on the path to becoming a photojournalist. This story is going to contain a lot of links to other posts I’ve done that show Cape Girardeau from the 1960s and the present.

I photographed downtown Cape at night FROM the Courthouse this spring. I like this night shot of the Courthouse taken from Water St. up Themis.

Cape landmarks that are missing

Other aerial photos of downtown Cape Girardeau ran in March.

Courthouse statue visible

The Civil War soldier that’s there today isn’t the same one I photographed in 1967, but it’s in the same place.

The H&H Building is still there, along with the Marquette Hotel. The future KFVS office tower is a parking lot.

The peaked front of Hecht’s sticks up on Main St.

The library is behind and to the left of the Courthouse.

Common Pleas Courthouse  in 2009

The photo was taken from the west side of the Courthouse, looking east. The sundial on the right was a prop in a photo of Outstanding Seniors Russell Doughty and Bill East, Class of ’66. It was an object lesson in why some photos don’t run the way they were taken.

2 comments to Common Pleas Courthouse 1964 Aerial Photo

  • David Lawley

    Dad’s office was ground floor on the left. Right behind the “sign” in that last photo. Wish I could remember more, but I was a teen worried about other things at the time. Not sure I really ever ventured anywhere else in the building.

  • Donna Brooks Higgins

    I worked at the library when I was in high school back in 63-65. Gene Martin was the librarian and then Marilyn Maxwell as I recall. Is the old library still there, and if so, what is it today?

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