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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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Mississippi River Ice

Ice on Mississippi River c 1966The Mississippi River never iced over enough for me to shoot people and cars crossing over to Illinois, but I have taken pictures of floating ice before. These photos were taken in the mid-1960s.

Walking across the river

Ice on Mississippi River c 1966Fred Lynch posted a Frony photo from 1936 showing people and a bike on the river, but he said it didn’t run, possibly because the paper didn’t want to encourage such behavior.

The ice floes were a little thicker when I shot the river in 2000.


7 comments to Mississippi River Ice

  • Bob Pollack

    Ken there are only three typs of people that would drive across the river frozen, !. stupid
    2. Dumb and 3. drunk.
    My luck I would find the one spot not frozen. Besides, threre is a great bridge, why risk a ice break and your car.

  • Bill Stone

    My grandfather who was born in 1888, told stories of people crossing the river on ice with wagons and horses before the old bridge was built. One must remember that it was a different river before it was channelized for safer shipping by the Corp of Engineers. The slower river formed a smoother ice surface and would have been easier to cross.
    In the 1970s, I remember driving down Highway 3 to see a thirty mile ice jam on the Mississippi. There were mountains of ice jammed together and would have been dangerous to cross if not impossible. You certainly couldn’t drive a vehicle across. It would take a crazy mountaineer to even attempt it!

  • Jane Neumeyer

    My mother(born in 1924)used to talk about the Mississippi freezing over in the 1930s. People walked across and some cars went on the ice, but she didn’t think they actually drove across. Her family let the kids walk out a little bit on the ice just for the fun.

  • Margi Whitright

    I have a story from the SEMissourian in the 1930s about a cow that crossed the Mississippi and ended up at Jerry’s family’s house on South Benton (long before Jerry’s time). I’ll see if I can find it for you.

  • Walter Lamkin

    Our dad, now 91, walked across the river back in the ’30’s when it was frozen. This comes as no surprise when one considers he was a member of the infamous Themis Street Gang.

  • Mike Bristow

    An old friend of mine, Clyde Glastetter led a group of his mountaineering friends on a hike across the frozen Mississippi in 1977. At the time Clyde owned a business located on Broadway called Ozark Outdoor Equipment selling high end hiking, climbing and camping gear. A mini REI back in the 70’s if you will. He has some great pictures and stories of the crossing but I will let him share those with you if he wishes. I sent Clyde the link to your blog and will suggest he contact you.

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