I can tell when the term is ending at Southeast Missouri State University. That’s when I start getting requests for information and photos about Cape landmarks and businesses.
In 2013, I compiled a list of Links about Main Street businesses for Katy Beebe’s Historic Preservation class. It would be nice if I could submit my work for extra credit to bring up my grade point average from 1965 – 1967.
Gallery of requests
Here are some of the photos students have requested this time around. The student was planning to print the pictures on 5 x 7 paper, but the images didn’t always scale out to that proportion. To keep from cropping the images, I sent them to the printer with white space around them to make them fit the format.
Click on any photo to make it larger, then use your arrow keys to move through the gallery.
When I shot Missouri Fibre playing with their giant pick-up sticks at the SEMO Port Authority in 2011, I knew the facility was big, but I didn’t realize how big it was until Ernie Chiles and I flew over it August.
You can read more about the port at its website.
Photo gallery of port authority
In addition to river and rail terminals, there are two huge quarries on the property. Click on any photo to make it larger, then use your arrow keys to move around.
You don’t realize how many quarries there are in Southeast Missouri until you fly over the area in a small plane. When Ernie Chiles and I went on a photo mission that took us up to Perry County in 2011, we passed over Old Appleton on the way home.
There is one HUGE pit on the west side of Hwy 61 at the intersection of State Hway KK just south of Old Appleton. The brown water in the foreground is Apple Creek.
I couldn’t find much information on the quarry. There are still piles of gravel around, so it may still be active.
When I searched for quarries and Old Appleton, the only thing that popped up was a vague reference to Martin Marietta Aggregates, 224 State Hwy KK. A website not affiliated with the company (so far as I could tell) said that it has an estimated annual revenue of $2.5 to $5 million and employees 10 to 19 people.
Quarry photo gallery
Here some views of the quarry from other angles. Click on any photo to make it larger, then use your arrow keys to move through the gallery.
I was picking through some aerials from November 2010 when I spotted this single frame of the Beechwood Club. It’s the blue-green water surrounded by a square concrete pool deck.
You can click on the photo to make it larger, but I checked: there are no visible skinnies being dipped. While trying to figure out the correct plural of skinny, I came across this link (it’s safe for work, don’t worry). Who knew you had to LEARN how to do it?
The paved road running in the foreground is Highway 25. Take it left, go around a curve and down a hill and you’ll find yourself in what’s left of Dutchtown. Go right and you’ll pass through Gordonville on your way to Jackson.
When I wrote about the Beechwood Club on March 24, 2010, I uncovered some interesting tidbits of history about the place. Based on reader comments, though, I missed some of the most interesting goings-on.