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Fred Lynch

Crane wrecked on river wall

Posted Friday, June 3, 2011, at 7:30 AM

This might be the first time this picture has been seen since G.D. Fronabarger took it in the late 1950s. We have not found a news account of the accident.

A previous blog shows what appears to be the same crane wrecking this section of the original river wall at the Cape Girardeau riverfront in 1958.


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  • Yes, when you're dealing with heavy equipment, it IS possible to have a bad day.


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 8:21 AM
  • ...oops !

    -- Posted by Rick* on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 9:34 AM
  • considering they had been filling the area, I'm guessing that the "crane" had a bucket on it - you can almost tell from the photo that there are multiple cables coming down from the boom. Use of that type of bucket was common then. Uncertain on how it became so overloaded to turn over, unless there was a wide swing. Were they loading the fill from barge on the river, or from trucks up on the street?

    -- Posted by jacksonjazzman on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 12:39 PM