- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)8
- Man sentenced to life for killing mother, burning her body; mouth taped shut at hearing (1/20/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Chronic wasting disease found in 2 Southeast Missouri deer; whether disease transferable to humans unknown (1/18/18)
Making a town whole
Restoring the bridge washed away by a 1982 flash flood became a matter of civic pride for the tiny community of Old Appleton.
When erected in 1879, the bridge linked the two sides of town, one in Perry County and the other in Cape Girardeau County. Children who grew up in the community spent their summers jumping off the bridge into Apple Creek or tossing rocks into the water. Old Appleton wasn't Old Appleton without its bridge.
Last weekend, the community of 82 residents celebrated the completion of a project that took 25 years of planning, overcoming setbacks and fund-raising to accomplish. The federal government paid 80 percent of the $519,000 restoration cost. Private donations and the town's road fund took care of the rest.
In one sense, restoring the bridge was not absolutely necessary. The restored Old Appleton Bridge is limited to pedestrians and bicyclists. Vehicles traveling through the area can use the nearby U.S. 61 bridge built in 1931. But in the larger sense, the bridge restores Old Appleton to the hometown those who live there know and love.