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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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Trinity Hall Meets Wrecking Ball

Trinity Hall demo 12 23 1967 12 405x600 Trinity Hall Meets Wrecking BallWhen I did the piece last week on Trinity Hall, formerly the George Alt House, I said I knew there were photos somewhere of the actual demolition. Well, here they are. The wrecking ball on a Superior Concretors crane hit the building on December 23, 1967. By Christmas Day, all that was left was rubble. The photos reveal details of the attic that I always wanted to see, but never did.

Drinking fountains

Trinity Hall demo 12 23 1967 8 500x208 Trinity Hall Meets Wrecking BallIn order to spot out dust specks and other flaws, I have to blow up the images much larger than you see them here. My eye was drawn to what looks like a row of white specks on the wall of the brick school building on the right behind the crane. They are to the left of and below the white downspout. The white specks are a row of  four drinking fountains mounted in a trough-like affair. I can recall slurping hot water out of those during many a recess. Funny how little things will catch your eye and bring back memories.

Photo gallery of the death of Trinity Hall

I pretty much said what there was to say in the last story, so here are the demolition photos. Click on any image to make it larger, then click on the left or right side to move through the gallery.

1 comment to Trinity Hall Meets Wrecking Ball

  • Jesse James

    That looks like it was a nice old house. To bad it had to go the way of many older buildings. They demoed our house on Merriwether street last month. It dated back to the late 1800 early 1900s. It was an old house but it was sad to see it gone when I was there.

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