f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Broadway trolley gone, remnants remain

Posted Monday, April 30, 2012, at 12:00 AM

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From 1893 through 1934, trolley cars provided transportation through Cape Girardeau. Here a passenger prepares to board an electric street car at the corner of Broadway and Main. The Boston Grocery Store and Boston Rooming House were at the northwest corner. The building burned in 1934. (Southeast Missourian archive)

The book, When Missouri Took the Trolley, by Andrew D. Young, details the route of the trolley in Cape Girardeau:

International Shoe on North Main south to Broadway, west on Broadway, north on Henderson, west on Normal, south on West End Blvd., east on William, south a block on Pacific, east on Good Hope, north on Spanish, east on Independence a block to Main, north on Main to Broadway. Two blocks were added on Spanish south from Broadway to Independence, then a block east to Main, avoiding Broadway hill.

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I intended to take pictures of an old rail being removed from the street at Broadway and Main as part of the Broadway corridor project. Alas, a crew with Fronabarger Concreters worked much faster than I expected. As I arrived the old dirty beam was being loaded into a truck. I did shoot these photos at f/8 when I got there. Old rail ties still remained from the trolley days. I got to keep an old rail spike for being there.


On May 4, a trolley rail emerged at the Lorimier intersection.

In this previous blog, Frony shot pictures of Broadway torn up in 1956.

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  • I'm glad to see I'm not the only photographer who grabs memories like these.

    My most recent score was a chunk of blue block when David Renshaw tore down the building on Broadway with the Lutheran mural on it.


    Stuff like that can be both worthless and priceless at the same time.

    -- Posted by Ken1 on Mon, Apr 30, 2012, at 7:18 AM
  • Stuff like that is worthless except through pictures

    -- Posted by Bman69 on Mon, Apr 30, 2012, at 7:26 AM