f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Cape's Courtroom in Former Church

Posted Monday, August 23, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Southeast Missourian Oct. 6, 1961

Kiwanis Club members gave their time Thursday taking several hundred school pupils over the city, visiting industries, commercial establishments and observing the operation of the varied phases of city government. One feature of Kids' Day was a mock trial at the City Court room, where youngsters took turns sitting as "jurors" during the trials and club members and attorneys gave their time to acquaint the youngsters with City Court procedure. William S. Rader is sitting as the judge.


Cape Girardeau's municipal courtroom was located in the sanctuary of the former Grace United Methodist Church, Independence and Sprigg streets.

The city police station moved into the former church building in 1960.

The police station had moved from the old Fire Station No. 1 at Independence and Frederick streets. That building was erected in 1909.

When the new police headquarters was built across the street, opening in 1976, the city court moved to Common Pleas Courthouse. The old church building was demolished and a new Fire Station No. 1 was constructed on the site.


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  • I'm not sure what it is with Cape but we seem to let things fall into such disrepair that we have to demolish them. I know it's everywhere but with a town as small as ours it seems like the older parts have often been neglected as we've made our westward expansion.

    -- Posted by Cap_Anson on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 1:53 PM
  • Hmm. RICK has a good question, there...?

    And I'm sorry to admit, I did NOT notice such, until he pointed it out.

    But in a side-by-side, the difference would be glaring---and obvious, even to me!---to say the least...!

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 9:55 AM
  • Heck of a catch there Rick.

    According to Wikipedia (and we all know how spot on that can be...) the 48 star flag was flown from July 4, 1912 -- July 3, 1959, the 49 star flag was flown from July 4, 1959 -- July 3, 1960 then we flew the 50.


    -- Posted by Kllrfsh on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 2:10 PM
  • Glad you posted this picture. Grace Methodist was a big part of my younger days back in the late 1940s.

    -- Posted by MO Girl on Thu, Apr 10, 2014, at 8:28 AM