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A Day in Little Egypt: Cairo, IL Pt. 1

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Apr. 17th, 2011 | 09:51 pm
posted by: adjer83 in abandonedplaces

Cairo is the southernmost town in Illinois located in Alexander County.

It sits on the banks of the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers.

Because of its location it grew as an important river trade hub, it also served as a supply base for the Union troops during the Civil War.

This once thriving community hit their population high of 20,000 in 1907 but two factors would bring the decline.

The first blow to Cairo was the railroad. People were shipping things faster by rail than by water.

But perhaps the nail in Cairo's coffin was set in decades old racism.

Cairo is the same degree in latitude as Richmond Virginia which was the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, so it is no surprise that Cairo was more influenced by southern culture than that of the north.

From the lynching of a black man named, Will James in 1909 to a civil rights struggle in 1969 which brought in the National Guard to keep order and the formation of a group called the Cairo United Front which led a decades long boycott of white owned businesses.

In Cairo, most of the businesses were owned by white people so this really crippled the economy of this river town. Population of Cairo now rests below 3000.

When walking the streets of Cairo one is faced with broken down and abandoned scenery. Liquor bottles, beer cans,and trash and the utter sadness of a dying town.





The bustling streets of downtown Cairo..





One of the many rows of abandoned businesses...


This building is Famous, seriously..just look at it..


Looking inside one of the buildings, a lot of the buildings included lots of stuff and also nature taking back over, these trees are growing inside of the building.


Another look at the trees..


Rotted out ceiling


I believe the Maytag Man left a long time ago..




St. Louis

Some of the buildings had a lot of detail in them




The sky was incredibly blue


The No Alcohol sign was a little weird considering almost every where you went in this town there were empty liquor bottles/beer bottles and cans


An old fridge and a misplaced hat


Looks like this Christmas party got out of hand..


I wonder who Duke is and why hes so good


Classing it up with some Schlitz


Traffic was out of control...




Bars to keep the people out


Lack of ceiling


It was the time of year for plants to bloom




Black&white shot


Cairo...gateway to the south...




Brick streets and flood wall




Flood levels from over the years, this wall stretched across the entire town so the town would be protected from flooding




Caboose






grass and brick


This looked like a squatters paradise




Leaf curtain




Destruction and Hope






My brothers would have killed for this when we were little


Hobo Chic



I opted to not go down the stairs...


tons and tons of stuff





At this point my 2 friends who were standing outside insisted that we leave because a truck had driven by a few times and the guys in the truck were whistling at them...


Fire Alarm on the outside of the building



The Last Hurrah


Front of the building







I have a lot more pictures to come...I hope you've enjoyed your first part of a Southern Illinois adventure

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Chrissy

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from: iwantasoda
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
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It's weird to see a place on here that I've been to! I haven't been to Cairo since I was 14, but it looks pretty much the same I remember.

I grew up about 30ish minutes away from there and for some odd reason, my mom and grandmom loved to go there on weekends to the thrift shops. I never saw the appeal because to me, it was just another place with the same old stuff. I just wish that I had been able to wander around more there.

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
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I live about 2.5 hours north of Cairo, I had been interested in going there for a while and last Tuesday was a really nice day so 2 friends and I decided why not?

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Chrissy

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from: iwantasoda
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
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The main thing I remember is that bridge. I always had this fear of bridges and that one did nothing to make me like them x.x

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Quirky Chaos

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from: gnomenapper
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
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Wow, great post. Thank-you for sharing!

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Fnord

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from: fnordx
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
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Any pictures of the Ibis and Jacquel funeral parlor?

(obvious reference is obvious)

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Elliot McBeal

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from: mcbealism
date: Apr. 19th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
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Ahhhh... so THIS is the town that Neil Gaiman was referring to...

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Fors

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from: angrytroll
date: Apr. 19th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
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I was gonna ask if this was -that- town :D

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from: agfh
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
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Great set of pictures. Looking forward to the rest. Is any part of the town still inhabited?

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pickleboot

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from: pickleboot
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
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i grew up in champaign and remember driving through cairo a few times and it always looked so desolate. thanks for this.

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Because there's something wrong with me!

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from: batchix
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
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i never did get down to Cairo, but i always heard about it growing up. There was something about them wanting to secede from the rest of Illinois and call themselves Egypt... i had no idea it was so small and desolate. o_o

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
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Quiet desolation and desperation. Towns like these don't die because of their history. They dry up into worn and battered husks. Thank you for sharing.

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I don't believe you. Continue.

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from: giddykiwi
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
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Excellent set. Can't wait to see more. I would so love to visit this town now. Thanks for sharing.

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Mateo Malo

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from: laviemoderne
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC)
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The slow, creeping death of the US never ceases to amaze me.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
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Wow, its a real ghost town! So neat but so sad too.

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operatic_diva

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from: operatic_diva
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 08:48 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the tour!

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Dingbat

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from: quercus
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
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'the formation of a group called the Cairo United Front which led a decades long boycott '
Motto: "We love it when a plan comes together."

Glad to see this all worked out so well for them and that Cairo is now a paradise of integration and beacon of prosperity.

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atomgal

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from: atomgal
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Great photos. Excited to see more!

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Foxsong

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from: foxsong
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Wow, this is a really interesting post. What a desolate little place. I wonder what it's like to actually live there. Um... people do still live there, huh?

We have a Cairo upstate here in NY too. Is the Illinois Cairo pronounced 'cair-oh' like the NY one?

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ygrii

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from: ygrii_blop
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
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AFAIK, it's pronounced kay-ro.

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 19th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
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It is pronounced Kay-ro

And yes, people still live here, not many but they are there

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from: angstzeit
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Great stuff!

Here's a couple of shots of a church that a local told me was the HQ for the United Front. These were taken back around 1991, I think. I heard the church was since torn down. We didn't get inside.

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That's my band's car and my friends there.

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One of my friends and the side of the church.

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pansypoo

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from: pansypoo
date: Apr. 18th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
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what a shame. need to become an antiques hub or something. lovely old buildings.

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hatter23

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from: hatter23
date: Apr. 19th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
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The streets look clean compared to Baltimore.

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Quinton

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from: raven_blue
date: Apr. 19th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
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As clean as a sun-bleached bone. Entropy has a way of cleaning up after itself.

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kpsp95

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from: kpsp95
date: Apr. 19th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
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Great shots, thanks for posting.

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slvrymoon

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from: slvrymoon
date: Apr. 20th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
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I loved the old Maytag sign. I'm obsessed with old business signs. Another great series. Makes me sad, which is good in a weird kind of way.

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Nebelhexa

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from: sistermaryfuck
date: Apr. 26th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
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Amazing! It was exciting just looking at the pics. I would love to explore it. I have yet to explore a ghost town.

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Princess Sparkle

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from: tiajuanabible
date: May. 6th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
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for some reason i cant see the pics. do you have a tumblr?

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