f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

A chilly walk along Broadway

Posted Monday, January 17, 2011, at 7:30 AM

Jan. 30, 1963 Southeast Missourian

Footing was treacherous on Cape Girardeau’s sidewalks and streets this morning. Miss Alene Owen and Mrs. Ronald R. LaLumendiere, on their way to work this morning, smiled for the photographer, but exercised caution in crossing the ice-covered surface of Fountain street. Pedestrians generally had hard going trying to negotiate the slick footing. (G.D. Fronabarger/Southeast Missourian archive)

Behind them is the Hotel Idan-Ha.

A traffic signal was in place at the time.

The movie at the Rialto Theatre was "Oklahoma!"

The Jan. 25, 1963 edition of the Southeast Missourian announces the movie will begin at the Rialto Theatre.

"The filmization of Rodgers and Hammerstein's immortal musical classic OKLAHOMA!, originally presented on a roadshow, two-a-day basis, will begin its continuous performance, popular-price run in CinemaScope and color by Technicolor beginning Sunday at the Rialto Theatre."

Here are previous blogs on the Hotel Idan-Ha:

Hotel Idan-Ha

Fire Destroys Hotel Idan-Ha


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  • A much more simple time...thanks for posting all these great "old" pictures!!

    -- Posted by shsbulldog on Mon, Jan 17, 2011, at 7:48 AM
  • You can see more photos of that intersection from when I covered a fender bender there in 1966.


    I shot it from every direction and captured Fred Kaempfer, Cape's song-writing policeman, directing traffic.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Jan 17, 2011, at 8:10 AM
  • I lived in the old Idanha in the mid 80's when it had been converted into an apartment building. It was a great first apartment experience. However there was a fire in the building during my third year which spurred me to move out and the following year that wing of the building burned down.

    -- Posted by Catbert on Mon, Jan 17, 2011, at 11:31 AM
  • -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Jan 17, 2011, at 1:36 PM