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Is Snake Hill still fun?Posted Thursday, February 5, 2009, at 11:59 AM
I took this picture six years ago on the original Snake Hill Road before Cape Special Road District crews straightened much of it in 2004.
Built in the 1930s, the stretch of West Cape Rock Drive deserved its reptilian nickname, as it began winding back and forth from near the city limits to its intersection with Old Sprigg Street.
The road was the scene of numerous accidents over the years, especially during wet and slick weather. It was a landmark-versus-safety issue.
A 10-year-old would remember the way it used to be. It was a place to drive for a cheap thrill, preferably in the daytime during good weather.
I took these pictures recently that show Snake Hill Road without its bite:
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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.