For a second I thought this was the same crash at Pacific and Broadway I had already covered, but it was definitely a different one. One of the things I found interesting was that it captured the Pizza King, which was once the Last Chance – First Chance Saloon.
Vandeven Mercantile is on the left.
View east on Broadway
Vandeven’s is on the right. You can see The Esquire, Wayne’s Grill, Radonics, Bodines and other lighted signs. This picture must have been taken later than the one below because the sign above proclaims “We’ve Gone Gulf.”
The old trolley tracks are visible in the middle of the street.
Station had been Cities Service
The station on the northeast corner of the intersection had been a Cities Service. Looks like the Bourbon billboard had been allowed to go blank in the later photo.
Howard’s on right
The old Howard’s Athletic Goods was on the right. Howard’s moved into the Vandeven building in 2009, then SEMO tore down the old (ugly) landmark building for a parking lot.
View to the north
Howard’s is on the left and the Gulf station is on the right. It’s warm enough that people are wearing light jackets, but I see the car on the left is still running snow tires. The banner mentions American Education Week, which is traditionally held in November, so it might be a warm, but rainy winter night. Those random white spots are caused by raindrops reflecting the camera’s flash.
Looks pretty minor (if it’s not YOUR car)
I’m going to guess the guys in the background are involved in the crash in some way. They have The Look on their faces.
I’m guessing the wreck was minor enough that nobody was hurt. The best indication of that is that the windshields don’t have any head dents.
Scott Moyers had a story in The Missourian that the Cape commission had released an endangered buildings list. Here are the ones considered most endangered:
- B’nai Israel Synagogue, 126 S. Main St.
- Broadway Theater, 805 Broadway
- Esquire Theater, 824 Broadway
- Fort D blockhouse, 920 Fort St.
- Franklin School, 215 N. Louisiana St.
- Hanover Lutheran School, 2949 Perryville Road
- Old Jefferson School, 731 Jefferson Ave.
- Kage School, 3110 Kage Road
- Lorimier Apartments, 142-148 S. Lorimier St.
- Sturdivant Bank, 101 N. Main St.
I’ve done stories on almost all of them. Here’s a look back:
I imagine the long, cold walk to the outhouse was not fun for this little guy,
I spent many a happy hour in the Broadway balcony
- I was sure that the inside of the old Broadway Theater would be a disaster with the roof falling in and debris all over the place. When I got my first glimpse of the interior, I was transported back to the days of Saturday matinee movies in a grand theater. It’s ragged, but it’s still grand.
- The basement under the theater was HUGE, but the dressing rooms for the old stage actors were tiny.
The Esquire had over a mile of neon lighting when it opened in 1947
The building we know as Civil War Fort D didn’t exist until 1937. It was used as a residence in the 1960s.
101 North Main / Sturdivant Bank
Bank, telephone exchange building, Minnen’s Dress Shop, Cape Wiggery. The old building at 101 North Main Street has been many things and has some interesting connections to other pieces of Southeast Missouri history. Its neighbor, the St. Charles Hotel, home to General Grant in the Civil War, was torn down in 1967.
B’nai Israel Synagogue
The B’nai Israel Synagogue is in an historical triangle that includes the Red House and St. Vincent’s Church.
Jefferson was a black school in 1953-1955 before the system was integrated.
This part of Franklin School will be torn down when the new building behind it is completed.