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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.

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Downtown Jackson

Downtown Jackson and County Courthouse 07-18-2013Buddy Jim Stone, still vibrating from excitement after chasing a huge magnet up the Mississippi River yesterday rousted me out of bed to go to breakfast Thursday morning. I took him to the Pie Bird in Fruitland.

I got some work done in the afternoon and hooked up with him for dinner. He was in a dead cow mood, but didn’t want to go to the chain steak joints around the I-55 / mall area.

We headed to Tractors Classic American Grill in downtown Jackson. Not a lot of stores were open, but the street had plenty of cars and trucks parked on it. (Watch out when you open your passenger side door: the curb is high enough that Jim smashed my car door into it. Twice. Once in, and once on the way out. I think it was the scientist in him. He wanted to prove the event was reproducible.)

Good service, decent food

I was pleasantly surprised to find they have a non-smoking area that was more smoke-free than my last visit several years ago. Our waitress was friendly, helpful and attentive. My medium steak was a little overcooked, but not enough to send back. Everything else, including a fresh strawberry pie, was excellent.

After a number of glasses of wine, Jim volunteered to pick up the check.

I think he’s going to use my photos to prove this was a business trip. He was going on and on about how he was prepared to take the bullet if anyone on the riverbank took a potshot at his magnet.

Then, he went and banged my car door on the curb again.

6 comments to Downtown Jackson

  • Terry Hopkins

    Oh my! Annie Laurie’s got a new ad today! I would love to comment and/or make snide remarks on Jim Stone spending money on Ken’s dinner, but I must go over and click Annie Laurie’s new ad!!! and you should know there is NO downtown Jackson, only uptown…You may be right…where in Cape do you get a good steak outside of a chain?

  • Susan Fee Means

    My first thoughts: When did Jackson get a downtown?

    I have to agree, it’s always been “Uptown Jackson,” and I’d love to know why.

    C’mon, Ken, there MUST be a story here!


    Maybe it’s “uptown” because it’s “High Street.”

  • Joe Johnson

    Ken wrote: Our waitress was friendly, helpful and attentive.

    I read: Our waitress was friendly, helpful and attractive.

    I guess the heat is playing with my mind. Hot & humid in Cape.

  • Jesse James

    I think Ken is getting into Terry Hopkins territory doing food reviews, ops Ken was doing them before Terry I forgot. ­čÖé I wonder if Jim Stone remembers working at Metro News back in the 60s?

  • Nancy Wilson

    Two of my favorite spots The Pie Bird in downtown Fruitland and Tractors uptown in Jackson. Both have good food and service.

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