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Cairo, Illinois Pt. III

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Apr. 22nd, 2011 | 11:54 pm
posted by: adjer83 in abandonedplaces

This is the last of my Cairo adventure....first stop, The Gem Theater...




From what I have found out on the internet, The Gem was opened in 1910, but a fire destroyed the building in 1934, in 1936 it was reopened and was in operation until sometime in the 1970s.

When my friends and I were looking around we saw a few signs about revitalizing the theater...but who knows if that will happen when the entire town is in such disarray.




The doors are chained shut


Elks Club across the street from The Gem


Just another run down building


An old business...




It amazes me what trees can do..




Going in the back of the Michelson Building




Some sort of motor?


Display cases, perhaps some sort of jewelry store?


Or collectibles of some sort?







This tree doesn't mess around


Rhodes Burford, its a furniture store!


Wow, those show windows sure are clean! Oh, wait..actually...there are no windows...




Must be making room for this years models...




It amazed me that Cairo once had its own neon company




I wanted to venture in but a cop started driving by, Its probably not hard to know when someone who isn't from Cairo is in Cairo.




Since the cop kepts circling us, we went off the beaten path of the downtown area. I wanted to get some get some pictures of some of the homes and I found this church, or what is left of it.








I really really wanted to go in but the floors were very sketchy and I did not feel like a trip to the ER.


The pews were too uncomfortable I guess...

I so so so wanted a good view of the piano and my curiosity was about to get the best of me....




I noticed there was a backdoor and I had an overwhelming urge to get better shots of the piano....so I told my friends I was going to go around back, they opted to stay in the car...




The access to the main backdoor was gone, but...ah ha, a basement door...I looked back at the car and told myself I wouldn't linger long, I just wanted a shot of the piano...


I stepped in and started taking pictures and saw these sweet chairs. As my flash kept going off, and I started hearing a low noise....it was a bit unnerving, but I kept going...


as I approached these doors I kept hearing the low noise...and this is as far as I got with picture taking...I entered the doors and found the source of the noise...it was a very angry pitt bull...I didn't stay long enough to see if I accidentally stumbled upon someones "home"  or if the dog decided to make it its home....either way, I decided the piano wasn't worth it.

After this I was very unnerved and as I went back to my car I noticed a very large man in the doorway of a house across the street. He had a look of hatred on his face..I got in the car, told my friends and drove away, as we drove away, the man ran out and flipped us off....


Even though there was SOOOOOO much more to explore, we believed that we had wore our welcome out in Cairo, and we headed back north.



I hope you enjoyed this trip to Cairo, it was a place that I know I will not soon forget.

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The only thing I'm involved with is being awesome

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from: derbysinner
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
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very cool pictures - that looks like the kind of place I could spend several days photographing.

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
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It was a very interesting place, I would have loved to have stayed...but...like I said above, I think we wore out our welcome.

Who knows, maybe I'll venture back.

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cathouse_mary

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from: cathouse_mary
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
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It sounds like something out of a Stephen King story. *SHUDDER*

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ygrii

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from: ygrii_blop
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)
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LOL. I felt like I was stepping into a Stephen King story just yesterday. I make deliveries to isolated farms. At one of my stops yesterday there was an abandoned mobile home. There were no other residences nearby. It was within walking distance of a state prison. Then a hail storm blew up out of nowhere. My mind started churning and I was glad when I finished up and drove away.

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I don't believe you. Continue.

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from: giddykiwi
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
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Wonderful post! I love the pictures of details like the Cairo Neon, the cobweb, and the church cornerstone. I also like that you have little snippets of text between the photos. :) Thanks again for sharing!

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! And I love your icon.

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from: uneasytruce
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
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These are great pictures--but your story is the best of all.

I grabbed my mouth in fear when you wrote, you were going in the back alone. Then the pit bull terrier, then the enormous angry man? My heart is racing.

Thank you for adding your prose to the pictures. Taken altogether, your entry is unforgettable.

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you enjoyed all 3 sets :)

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:04 am (UTC)
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Thanks for sharing! Pity about the Pitbull though, obviously he's not a fan of explorers XD

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
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I know...maybe I should have asked him if he wanted to be in a picture?

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stepchild_thea

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from: stepchild_thea
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
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the sun! after dealing with the rain up north for the past 2 weeks, this gets me hopeful for the coming spring.

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
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This was an incredibly beautiful day, sunny and about 75, then of course the next day it started raining.

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
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That Michelson's store is beautiful. It would make a great collectable store like antiques or something. With the full height windows in the front, I would suspect it was a clothing store. Oh, and your motor-thing is some sort of forced air furnace or A/C unit.

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
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ah ha, thank you for clearing that up. And yah, the store was awesome.

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nxdxgwen

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from: nxdxgwen
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
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This is just so sad! It looks like it was once a really cool place. Full of life. I cant believe the whole town is in such disarray. Its so sad to see little old towns to go to waste. Awesome pictures!

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for taking a look at them!

It was sad walking through the streets because you could tell that at one time this town was full of life and now its so...desolate.

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from: agfh
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
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I looked of Michelson's and it was in fact a jewelry store. It has since moved to Paducah Kentucky.
I have really enjoyed all of the photos throughout the series. Great work indeed!

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
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thank you :)

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Abandon All Hope,Ye Who Enter Here

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from: felix_felicis
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
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is it weird that i kept looking for jackel and ibis' funeral parlor?

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
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I kept looking too, haha.

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pansypoo

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from: pansypoo
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
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damn shame. detroit on a small scale. and those trees are cool.

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
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The trees were just amazing and yah, my friends and I joke around about our town being dead...we really have no idea.

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breltard95

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from: breltard95
date: Apr. 25th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
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It amazes me what trees can do..

Whenever I see a case of tree vs. building, it makes me think of Robert Frost's "The Oft-Repeated Dream."

She had no saying dark enough
For the dark pine that kept
Forever trying the window latch
Of the room where they slept.

The tireless but ineffectual hands
That with every futile pass
Made the great tree seem as a little bird
Before the mystery of glass!

It never had been inside the room,
And only one of the two
Was afraid in an oft-repeated dream
Of what the tree might do.

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Nebelhexa

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from: sistermaryfuck
date: Apr. 26th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
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Love them, especially the staircase that goes into a basement.

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iLLnation

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from: illnation
date: Apr. 27th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
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Awesome shots! Love it!

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A Beautiful Virago Named Hope

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from: sunneyone
date: May. 3rd, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Yikes! I'm glad you didn't become a scooby snack. ;)

I think that store probably sold jewelry AND collectibles A lot of the old fashioned or older family owned stores do. They're quite charming.

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