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Cairo, Illinois

Located at the confluence of the
Mississippi and Ohio Rivers at the southern most tip of Illinois, is the town of Cairo, pronounced “Care-O.” By far, one of the strangest and saddest cities I’ve ever visited, I am immediately intrigued by the empty streets and abandoned and crumbling buildings.

Cairo - Beautiful Home

Cairo - Beautiful Home

Cairo - Building

Cairo - Building

Cairo - Buildings

Cairo - Buildings

Cairo - Buildings - 2

Cairo - Buildings - 2

Cairo - Commercial Street, 2010

Cairo - Commercial Street, 2010

Cairo - Commercial Street, 2012

Cairo - Commercial Street, 2012

Cairo - Commercial Street, 2014

Cairo - Commercial Street, 2014

Cairo - Customs House

Cairo - Customs House

Cairo - Famous-Barr Dept Store

Cairo - Famous-Barr Dept Store

Cairo - Famous-Barr Dept Store Windows

Cairo - Famous-Barr Dept Store Windows

Cairo - Gem Theatre

Cairo - Gem Theatre

Cairo - Hospital

Cairo - Hospital

Cairo - Levee

Cairo - Levee

Cairo - Magnolia Manor

Cairo - Magnolia Manor

Cairo - Old Building - 2

Cairo - Old Building - 2

Cairo - Old Building - 2

Cairo - Old Building - 2

Cairo - Rubble

Cairo - Rubble

Cairo - Street Signs

Cairo - Street Signs

Cairo - Union Building

Cairo - Union Building

Cairo, IL - Barge and Bridge.

Cairo, IL - Barge and Bridge.

Guestbook for Cairo, Illinois
7.Linda Mabry(non-registered)
I was sadden to see the pic of the hospital where I was born in Sept. 1948, have fond memories of Cairo, my mom worked at the Whataburger and my dad delivered groceries for I think (pops) store, there used to be a bakery that sold butter coffee cake, I can remember calling the tavern for my uncle Bill to come home for supper, he was a diesel mechanic there--- I don't know how many times I had walked thru the hugh gates to the levey,,LIFE GOES ON---does it not. so sad the town looks like that now.thank u
6.Unnamed(non-registered)
Wanted to see a picture of RiverLore
5.Former Cairo Resident(non-registered)
The Cairo Public Library is still one of the most beautiful buildings in Cairo. Have you thought about adding photos of it, River Lore and many of the other historic homes?

I have great memories of the Gem Theatre, Turf Pizza and Shemwell's (downtown) BBQ. Although I too left to pursue a career and life outside of the town. It is where I grew up and it will forever hold a special place in my heart. I would love to see and participate in some successful revitalization efforts.
4.GARY W. SUTTON(non-registered)
Lived in cairo at 12 years of age, now 60 yrs, old.
3.Philbert Bridges Jr(non-registered)
My dad Philbert Sr. was murdered in Pyramid Courts in 1980. My families are also Suttons, Robinsons. My grandfather was John Sutton. My mom is Brenda Sutton.