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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.

Please comment on the articles when you see I have left out a bit of history, forgotten a name or when your memory of a circumstance conflicts with mine. (My mother says her stories have improved now that more and more of the folks who could contradict her have died off.) Your information helps to make this a wonderful archive and may end up in book form.

The Warehouse

The Warehouse c Jan 1968This photo was taken in January 1968, probably for the annual Missourian Achievement Edition, but I wasn’t sure where it was taken. There was no listing for “The Warehouse” in the 1969 City Directory, and the newspaper had a gazillion stories about generic, lower-case warehouses, so that was no help.

It had the feel of being near the Town Plaza Shopping Center and south of Central High School. You can get a sense of the old railroad line off on the left side of the building, and those look like Central’s practice fields at the corner of Independence and Caruthers beyond that. Click on the photo to make it larger.

When in doubt, turn to Google

When in doubt, turn to Google. I pulled up the Google Map for the general area, then started “driving” down the street with Streetview.

Google Streetview has a building that has a similar shape at 1810 Plaza Way East, but it appeared to have been enlarged.  The 1979 City Directory has a listing for the Eagles Club at that address. That was probably when the building was expanded and the display windows covered up.

It’s in the neighborhood of Griff’s Burger Barn, which was also having a grand opening about this time.

Anyone have any more of the history of the building?

5 comments to The Warehouse

  • Dennis Mize

    I think at one time it was a thrift store for the Women’s Safe House. Across the street there was a lumber yard that looked like a big quonset hut. That street was Sheridan.

  • Jim Feldmeier


    Could this business have been on the north side of the street that runs from Independence to the shopping

  • Don Wareing

    I lived right in that area but don’t remember seeing it. Maybe it was after I left Cape. But my forgetter is getting better.

  • Dennis Mize

    Jim, I think this is the street when you turn east next to Dollar General. Only 1 block long and runs into Sheridan.

  • Tom Mueller

    I use to work at this store. It was called TheWarehouse of cape. The store was owned by aTexas group. We got a lot of merchandise from Young house Dist.

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