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Fred Lynch

Leaf collection in Cape Girardeau

Posted Friday, November 5, 2010, at 7:30 AM

This picture by G.D. Fronabarger shows Cape Girardeau street department workers collecting leaves on a city street. It was published in the Nov. 8, 1960 edition of the Southeast Missourian. According to the caption, a mechanical sweeper deposits a load of leaves curbside. Then the leaves are picked up by a high lift and loaded onto a truck, which takes the leaves to a dumping ground. One such spot was at North Sprigg and Washington Avenue.

In 2012, Cape Girardeau converted to an automated leaf collection program. Here is a picture of the truck.


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  • Looks like the 300 block of North Pacific looking North.

    -- Posted by Yankee Station on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 11:24 AM
  • I have never seen equipment like that.

    -- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Sun, Nov 7, 2010, at 8:08 AM
  • South Sprig about 1953 2pm?

    -- Posted by Old John on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 10:54 AM