Longtime downtown Jackson business Ross Furniture is moving to East Jackson Blvd. from South High Street, a story in The Missourian reported June 12, 2012. The store had been at that location since 1979. As Cape’s business center has shifted west, I guess it’s only logical that Jackson’s would move east. The furniture store had one of the two bay windows that existed in the Courthouse Square area. It must have been exciting to look up and down the street and toward the courthouse Back in The Day.
Looking north toward Courthouse
Late afternoon isn’t the best time in of the day to shoot a north-south street. I was limited to shooting the businesses on the east side of the street because of dark shadows.
Even though I worked at The Jackson Pioneer, I have very few memories of Jackson’s main drag. I covered lots of governmental meetings and school activities, but there must not have been much happening in the business district.
Well, I have vague memories of a bit of a stir when one of The Pioneer’s editors developed a strange obsession with a local high school girl a third his age. When the girl’s father, one of our largest (and, to be honest, few) advertisers refused to let them date, the editor picketed the father’s place of business. I’m not sure even that was enough to get you fired at The Pioneer, but he didn’t last long. One of these days I’ll get around to writing about the collection of misfits we had working there.
Other Jackson stories
- Cape County’s Courthouse was built in 1908 but has held up well.
- Jackson World War I Memorial
- Jackson’s Hanging tree
- Jackson’s 1938 swimming pool
- Wib’s BBQ, a five-generation favorite
- Vintage aerial photos of Jackson High School
- Recent aerial photos of Jackson courthouse and downtown
- Misidentified Christmas shopper photos start scavenger hunt
Photo gallery of South High Street businesses
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