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James Baughn

Cape Girardeau's most obscure historic landmark

Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 11:51 AM

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  • James,

    Here's some shots of the Houck Railroad cut on Old Jackson Road. I mentioned before that my dad had a contract to widen the road there, which necessitated blasting a bigger opening in the cut. He launched a boulder through a nearby roof when the dynamite charge was miscalculated.

    http://www.capecentralhigh.com/cape-photos/its-cold-snow-foolin/

    I've just run across some pictures of Happy Hollow and the bridges while the tracks were still there. I'll have to get on the ball and post them.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Wed, Mar 24, 2010, at 1:10 PM
  • Keep up the fine work James. Best blog on the website.

    Ok, you and Fred Lynch tie...

    -- Posted by John R Cash on Wed, Mar 24, 2010, at 2:44 PM
  • Oh, wow! More Houck lore! This is great, James! The legend just continues to grow! "Accidental railroad tycoon..." That's good!

    It's neat the way you guys exchange photos and history. You complement each other's stories quite nicely.

    I wonder if this is part of the archival stuff that the Southeast Missourian is putting on the internet?

    -- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Mar 24, 2010, at 9:33 PM
  • Love these local "refresher-courses"!

    Although I must admit my knees "creak" a lot louder, when a Missourian-photo dated on September 4, 1996, already looks---well---OLD!!!

    "Pull-up a seat, an' pass the Equine-Strength Absorbine, please...!"

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Thu, Mar 25, 2010, at 12:45 PM
  • Here's a shot of the overpasses from around 1966, plus a recent aerial of the area:

    http://www.capecentralhigh.com/cape-photos/cape-downtown/houck-railroad-bridges/

    -- Posted by Ken1 on Mon, Mar 26, 2012, at 7:25 AM
  • One of my readers said there MAY be ghost whistles in this area. His great-great-grandfather was killed by a train south of the Morgan Oak overpass.

    Whenever his great-grandfather, who was an engineer, would pass the spot, he would sound a wavering whistle in honor of his dad.

    http://www.capecentralhigh.com/cape-photos/cape-downtown/happy-hollow-fires-rats...

    -- Posted by Ken1 on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 10:39 AM