Support Ken

Click here to support Ken Steinhoff through your Amazon purchases.

Purchases made at from that link put 6% of the total transaction price in Dad's pocket at no additional cost to you. You're going to shop online anyway, right? Do it through to support this web site.

Or, if you'd rather just send him a random amount of money, you can do that too...

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.

Geocachers Conquer Tower Rock


A group of determined geocachers showed up at Tower Rock Saturday morning hoping they’d be able to walk across to The Rock. It’s going to have to drop at least two more feet to be able to do that safely. Fortunately, Stan and Martha Koeller brought two kayaks with them and were more than willing to share.

The only catch was that they were boats built for one. Stan explained that kayaks are different from canoes: if you spill a kayak, it doesn’t necessarily dump you out. You sometimes stay IN the kayak while it’s upside down. This is really NOT a good thing. Cats are supposed to have nine lives. I’m not sure how many I have, but I was pretty sure I didn’t have that many left to spare. I opted to stay on the shore.

Video of Tower Rock Challenge

It’s worth a look, even if I have to say so myself.


Photo gallery of the assault on Tower Rock

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to move through the gallery.


13 comments to Geocachers Conquer Tower Rock

  • Sue Roussel

    Love the picture of your Mom in the kayak and KNOW she would have gone over to the Rock if you would have let her!

  • April

    Great group. Crossing my fingers for the next couple weekends and my chance. Someday….

    • After seeing other folks who had never had any kayak experience make it and live, I’d try it. I just wasn’t comfortable doing something unfamiliar in the Mississippi River next to something the natives called “The Demon That Devours Travelers.”

      I don’t want to wish ill on the farmers, but maybe the river will still be low when I come back in October.

      The folks who showed up were all super nice. My mother enjoyed herself and will be talking about it for weeks.

  • April

    I was upside down, wedged under a tree, pulling my legs out against the current in the Eleven Point on my first real kayaking experience a few weekends ago. I understand your fear.

    The last couple nights it’s rained down here, and all I can think is “we’re below the rock, we’re below the rock.” Then I remember the farmers are more important and I feel guilty.

    Of course they were all super nice. That LatonkaGal stayed away and she’s the mean one. Oh wait, that’s me… 😉

  • Bob

    I am soooo jealous!!!! Great pics and video! I might not get to tower Rick but I am on a backhoe!!

  • Debbie

    Love the video!! Wish we could of made it too!! Hopefully next week-end we can make it over there. You did a great job on the pictures and the video!!

  • Darrell

    Love the video. Looks like fun. I was able to walk to, and climb the tower once. I think it was the sumer of 1977.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Great adventure…you guys sure know how to have fun!

  • George P.

    I LOVE kayaks, they’re MUCH better than canoes for navigating the very narrow, very curvy upper stretches of the Loxahatchee River west of Jupiter. (But as someone in the video noted, it can be a “challenge” to get out of them). Having never been anyplace near Tower Rock, I like the photos because the ones with the people on the peak bring the size of the thing into perspective. It’s bigger than it looks.

  • Pat Smith

    Love the pictures of Tower Rock. I have had the privilege of walking across to it in the past, But I did not climb it. It is an amazing place, especially when the river is up and it looks so far away over deep, fast water.

  • Kat

    What a great article! Wonderful pics, esp the one with the lady in the kayak…fun! My hub and I along with some friends are driving down tomorrow morning to see if we can conquer The Rock and find the cache. Seeing these pics is making me very excited to give it a go, it is a 4/5.

  • Nancy Wilson

    This past weekend my 18 yr old grandaughter walked out to Tower Rock with friends and climbed to the top. Maybe one day she will tell her children about the time she walked out to it when the Mississippi was low.

  • jerry knapp

    ive been looking at that rock from illinois side since i was a kid but yesterday became reality for dad nephew brother and me we all walked out to it i didnt climb the rock but nephew did got a lotta pics while there who knows how many more years it could be before you can walk out to it on foot if it starts raining again

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>