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"First train rides" near end

Posted Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at 12:00 AM

This is one of the last "first train ride" photos taken in Cape Girardeau.

The Frisco railroad closed the passenger depot, located north of the pumping station, seen in the background.

For a while passengers boarded the train from the freight depot which was to the south.

April 1, 1961 Southeast Missourian

It was train ride time again Friday for another group of Cub Scouts, this one made up of 32 members of Pack 16 of Jefferson School. The group boarded a noon passenger train and went to Chaffee, where the children were met by cars and brought to Cape. Accompanying the youngsters were Mrs. Henry Umfleet, Mrs. Marvin Saub, Mrs. Stacy Gearing and Mrs. Paul Kesterson.

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This 8mm home movie was taken of a Trinity Lutheran School kindergarten class going to Chaffee about the same time.


-- Posted by ksteinhoff on Wed, Dec 26, 2012, at 12:20 AM

Isn't the building in the distance the pumping station rather than the old depot?

-- Posted by f528cmp on Fri, Dec 28, 2012, at 8:20 PM
Fred Lynch
Correct. The passenger depot was behind it, not visible in the photo. The information above has been edited.

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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.

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