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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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Nude Silver Dollar Tavern

Silver Dollar Tavern Old Appleton 04-03-2010When I wrote about the Silver Dollar Tavern in Old Appleton in 2010, the old lady was beginning to show her age, but she still sported a shiny silver exterior.

Metal exterior stripped

Silver Dollar Tavern -07-22-2015When I was there on July 22, 2015, all but a few scraps of the metal exterior had been stripped off.

The earliest newspaper story I could find about the Silver Dollar was from 1948. Like most folks pushing 70-plus, she looked a lot better before she was undressed.

Silver Dollar Tavern photo gallery

I’m afraid that the next time I pass through Old Appleton the landmark tavern will be gone. Click on any image to take what might be one last look at her, then use your arrow keys to move through the gallery.

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