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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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1956 SEMO Homecoming Parade

I’m dipping into Steve McKeown’s stash of photos taken by his dad, James D. McKeown III, to show the 1956 Southeast Missouri State College (now University) Homecoming parade headed down Broadway between Pacific and North West End Blvd.

I’m sure car buffs will enjoy seeing the fancy wheels. Old truck enthusiasts will like the red pickup in the church parking lot.

Trucks supplied by local companies

I see trucks from E.C. Robinson Lumber Co. and Wiethrop Trucking.

Pictures of other Homecoming Parades

1956 Homecoming Parade photo gallery

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the photo to move through the gallery. Give a round of applause to Steve for providing the photos and to his dad for taking them.

8 comments to 1956 SEMO Homecoming Parade

  • Susan Fee Means

    This was my mom’s freshman year! I’m going to have to make sure she sees these great old pictures.


    Loved all the Cadillac convertibles and other cars and trucks, but especially the matching black & white MGA’s in picture #3.

  • Margi Whitright

    I’m sending this on to my sister and brother-in-law since they were at Cape State then. I loved all the views of First Baptist Church. I spent my first 19 years there. So many men are wearing hats!

  • Emily simpson Wigger

    Fun memories. Homecoming “56 I was a sophomore and know lots of the folks in the pictures.

  • Sharon Wieser Searls

    I am sending the pics on to my sister and brother.
    Love those old beauties (cars).


    love the memories.

  • Ken! You finally have a picture of me in your stash! I’m the head majorette leading the Central Jr. High School band. WHAT A SURPRISE!
    And I loved looking back at all the 50’s cars and the way Cape looked back in those days.
    This parade really took me back and I loved it!

  • Nancy Caldwell

    A couple of good shots of Illmo-Fornfelt High school band. My senior year there & enjoyed coming to Cape to see the parade–wasn’t musical enough to make the band.

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