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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.

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North Riverfront Park

Gateway Arch 10-17-2004Brother Mark and I rode our bikes from his house near the Botanical Gardens, past the Gateway Arch, and onto the St. Louis Riverfront Trail, over Chain of Rocks Bridge and into Illinois. You can read an account of our 2004 adventure on my bike blog.

Chain of Rocks Bridge

Chain of Rocks Bridge 10-17-2004The blog has some neat photos and some interesting history of the Chain of Rocks Bridge, which used to be part of U.S. Route 66. The unusual bridge has a 22-degree bend in it to allow river traffic to have uninterrupted navigation of the river.

Quick tour for Curator Jessica

Union Electric Light and Power Co 10-17-2004When I took Curator Jessica to the airport last November, we had some time to kill, so I took her to the North Riverfront Trail where we parked at the Union Electric Light and Power Company. Whenever I park at a trailhead, I scope out the lot for broken glass that indicates that cars have been broken into while their owners were away. Bad guys figure that you’re going to be gone for awhile.

The lot passed that sniff test, but I still felt uneasy for some reason. I’ve parked there before and ridden my bike in the area without my hackles going up, so I don’t know what I was picking up.

Floodwall Art Project

North Riverfront Trail 11-04-2013We passed the Floodwall Art Project, a seven-foot tall, 150-foot long tile mural designed by ceramic artist Catherine Magel and created with the assistance of at least 1,500 youth and adults from at least six St. Louis communities. The mural displays the history of the natural world beginning with microscopic life forms, moves into sea life, graduates to earth creatures, then ends with migrating birds.

Here’s where you can find out more about the Great Rivers Greenway. You can click on the photos to make them larger, too.

I felt uneasy

North Riverfront Trail 11-04-2013Curator Jessica was thoroughly enjoying herself, but my feeling of unease was growing. We were the only ones around, so there was no obvious reason why I was picking up bad vibes, but I suggested that we head back to the car.

This weird feature on a pedestrian overpass is unsettling, but I don’t think it was what was poking at my lizard brain.

I told Jessica that my misgivings were probably unfounded, but I had learned over the years to trust that instinct that something isn’t as it should be. She gave me her normal eye roll and “crazy guy” look, but didn’t object to moving on. I fully expected to see my car broken into when we got back to the parking lot, but everything was as we had left it.

I’ll have to see if I get the same feeling the next time I go there.

5 comments to North Riverfront Park

  • Jim

    What was the point of this article?

    • Jim,

      The point of this post was to fill the space and let me go to bed. When you do seven of these a week and are behind deadline on some major projects, you go for quick and dirty.

      A batter who strikes out seven out of ten times at bat still makes a bundle of money. Consider this as one of my strikeouts, if you like.

      I’ll be glad to refund your ticket price.

  • Alan

    Wanted to hear more of your observations of this trail that I frequently ride. Good start!

  • Bill Stone

    Good article, I learned a couple of things about the 22 degree bend in the bridge and the power plant. The old St Charles Mo bridge had a bend in it too if I remember correctly, that probably explains why. You have good instincts too!

  • Terry Hopkins

    Always tell people when they ask for the point of anything…”Duh! It on the top of you little head Dude!”
    You are nice person, but you can use this if you like…works for me!

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