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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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Location, Location, Location

These shots were on the rolls with the photos Jeane Adams I used for the End of Summer story. Some of her photos were taken at Cape Rock, so that explains the towboat photo. The Mississippi River looks almost as low as it was last fall. (Click on any photo to make it larger.)

Google is a wonderful thing. I blew the picture up large enough to be able to see that the towboat was The Albert M. of B & M Towing. A search found that the craft has been built by St. Louis Shipbuilding and Steel Company of St. Louis, located on the site at the foot of East Davis Street in the Carondelet section of St. Louis, where James B. Eads built the Union Navy’s gunboats during the Civil War.  It was called the Rohan Boat, Boiler & Tank Company when it was acquired by Herman Pott in 1933 and renamed St. Louis Shipbuilding & Steel Co.  It closed in 1984.

Research by someone named Ingo Steller said that the The Albert M. was built in 1965, so it was fairly new when it passed Cape Rock in September of 1966. It was renamed the The Liz Brent, and, most recently, rebranded as The City of Greenville.

Here’s a launch of a towboat I covered in in 1965 or ’66.

Dennis Scivally’s bridge

I had to smile a little when I saw this frame of the stone bridge in Dennis Scivally Park. At least three Facebook friends posted photos of that bridge on their Facebook pages today. It has to be one of the most-photographed landmarks in town since it was built in 1941. Here’s what the park looked like about this time last year.

For some reason, I didn’t shoot anything of Jeane in the park. There’s no telling why you get a feeling for a place on one day and not another.

Beating the heat

I guess I couldn’t persuade my model to hop on this cow cooling off in a pond. Looks a lot like the ones trying to keep from melting in Perry County last summer.


10 comments to Location, Location, Location

  • Terry Hopkins

    Dennis Scivally Park, was second tier park in Cape…Capaha and Area being first tier…but Terry Seimers, lived across the street, Gerald Russler, Calvin Break,Terry and Dennis Farrow and a cast of 8 or 10 others would gather to play football in the evenings in the open area in the middle of the park. In fact I rode my first motorcycle there! Gerald Russeler had a real 90 cc Honda and when he arrived on it and asked if anyone wanted to ride just jump on! I jumped on and promptly dumped it…he did not ask if I knew how to use a clutch, seems mini bikes had no clutches and that was all I had ever ridden. Opps…I had to run from Russler up the hill over the pictured bridge, seems he was pissed at me for scratching his new bike…he cooled down and in 2 minutes were back plying football with the rest of the crew.
    It was a simpler time.

  • Marilyn Miller

    I have many fond memories related to Dennis Scivally Park…..Gonna leave it at that.

  • Who was Dennis Scivally?

    Here is a Frony photo of the man:

    Here is a Frony photo of the park before the bridge was built, and a more recent shot I made with the bridge.

  • Charlie

    Scivally Park was bustling this weekend with Cape Central Prom pictures.

    I caught a lot of crawdads in that creek back in the day. And played quite a few wiffle ball (tape ball) games. There was a huge tree in the middle of the pack we used for a backstop. The tree is gone now.

  • Carol Kranawetter

    When my daughter moved from being a Brownie to a Girl Scout – the bridging ceremony took place on this stone bridge in Dennis Scivally Park. The simplicity of this bridge is what makes it so beautiful.

  • I photographed these crawdad hunters at Scivally Park in 2010.

  • Keith Robinson

    Dennis Scivally Park has continually been one of my all-time fvorites in Cape. I found my very first fossil, a trilobite, in the creek just south of the bridge when I was in second grade.

    The bridge has also been a location for many wedding photos over the years.

  • Nora Reynolds Zimmer

    I love that bridge. Reynolds family reunions were held there many times. I have a painting I bought because it reminded me of that bridge.

  • David

    pic of the tug is now my wallpaper

    thanx Ken…

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