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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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Thebes Courthouse Renovation

The Thebes Courthouse is on the list of places that out-of-town guests get to see. I took Spokesrider and his wife there when he rode his bike from Michigan to New Madrid. Today it was Bob and Claire Rogers from Arizona who got the tour. I worked with Bob at The Athens Messenger in the late 60s. You’ll hear more about him as the week goes on and I drag him to all my favorite haunts.

Museum not open

The museum wasn’t open, but we heard noises inside while we were on the balcony overlooking the Mississippi River. Claire peeked through a crack in the door and saw that the main door was open. Never missing a chance to walk through an open door, we did just that. I was surprised to see how well the place had been fixed up. The last time I was inside the building in the 1960s, the place was empty except for a bust of Lincoln in one of the windows.

Bust of Abe Lincoln

I don’t think this was the Lincoln I saw, but he still looks nice in the window’s light. The Thebes Historical Society has been working hard to preserve the old building, and their efforts are showing. We were lucky to get a sneak peek. The organization’s website says the museum will be closed for awhile to replace some windows and do other repairs. You can check it to see when visitors are officially welcome again.

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2 comments to Thebes Courthouse Renovation

  • Ginny B class of 60

    thanks, Ken. It is much improved from when I remember seeing it in the 60’s very rundown then. I’ll have to check it out next time I get in the area.

  • Patty Hicks

    Welcome home Ken, I hope you, your family and friends are having a good time back in Cape!!
    My neice got married at the Thebes Courthouse last summer. It was a beautiful wedding and the pictures of the bride and groom standing on the little balcony with the water views behind them, breath-taking pictures.
    I want to thank you for your pictures, even though I still live here and see most of these places daily it is refreshing to see them through your lense.
    Enjoy your visit and be sure to get lots of good pictures!!!!

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