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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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Name That Bridge

Dennis Scivally Park Photos by James D. McKeown III, courtesy Steven McKeown

About a year ago reader Steve McKeown sent me a selection of family photos taken by his father, James D. McKeown III. I was scrolling through my directory of scanned photos when these photos jumped out – not because the girls are cute, which they are – but because of the Cape landmark they are posing on.

I’m going to bet you’ve had your photo taken on it at some time in your life.

Gallery of McKeown pictures

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to move through the gallery. If you haven’t figured out where these were taken, I’ll give you a hint.

12 comments to Name That Bridge

  • Mary Seyer

    Dennis Scvially park.

  • Jean Hengst-Freeman

    I spent many summers at Girl Scout Camp there………yes, it’s Dennis Scivally Park.

  • Lindsay Simmons

    Before construction began on the Brookwood Addition, financed in no small part by First Federal Savings and Loan, a trip to Dennis Scvially was definitely an outing into the country. The Grove’s Homewood was one of the few houses around, and the peach orchard was a mandatory stop along the way.

    Imagine that grade school boys once tested themselves by riding their bikes from Kings Highway out Cape Rock to the park for some crawdad fishing, no adults allowed.

  • Here is a very early Frony photo of Dennis Scivally Park from 1936. Follow the links from one blog to another for more photos and a story with picture of Dennis M. Scivally, chief engineer, Cape Special Road District.

  • I taped a video with that bridge as a backdrop last year. It’s a neat spot!

  • Bill stone

    The photo of the girls throwing rocks is reversed or else you got a bunch of lefties!

  • Jane Neumeyer

    My sister Susan McKeown is in the polka dot jumpsuit. The kids in this photo were probably born circa 1950. If they graduated from CG area high schools, it would have been about 1968.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Dennis Scvially park. on the Bridge…a very cool spot to pose such lovelies…now who is who? Ithink i see Jane…but…let us know.


    Spent a lot of time as kids riding our bikes over that bridge and wading underneath it. Having grown up in the Brookwood subdivision, we also spent a lot of time shagging flies and hittin’ “taters” (home runs)on long, hot summer days in the park. Great memories!

  • Margi Whitright

    This was always my favorite Cape Park. After all, Capaha didn’t have a creek to play in.

  • Keith Robinson

    I found my very first fossil just south of that bridge when I was in grade school at Alma Schrader. It was a fossil of a trilobite – still have it!

  • Walter Lamkin

    Born in 1950, graduated CHS in 1968 and for the life of me can’t identify any of the young lovelies. If they were classmates of mine, I’d welcome the information.

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