#8 Meeting of two giants. Mississippi and Ohio rivers in morning light.

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Cairo, Illinois

Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet at this place. It is also a place, where Illinois borders with Kentucky and Missouri State.

Surprisingly, at the place where you would expect a thriving metropolis, you only find a small town in rapid decline and fading from a map. When bridges over both of the rivers were completed (in 1929/1937), the ferry business disappeared.

Highway 57, bypassing Cairo and racial riots where contributing to the decline. Later on the train stop in Cairo was eliminated.

The population declined from 15,000 in 1920’s to 2,800 today.

There is no gas station in todays Cairo and only 3 places to eat.

However it is very interesting place to visit for somebody, who want to capture some of America former (and crumbling) glory.


Cairo is prime example of the decline of American Empire!!

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Comments (117)

dževad hadžihasanovi… on February 2, 2012

Very nice composed photo. Like.

Eliton Sloma on February 2, 2012

Maravilhosa foto.

Muito bonita.

Like+Fav.

Saudações Ueliton,Brasil.

klerh on February 3, 2012

L 101.Nice pic!!!Klerh from Greece

GasGasL€X on February 3, 2012

Great silhouette photo & colours :) ~Leszek

volnat on February 3, 2012

Impressive view, nice shot. LIKE. Best wishws, volnat.

Alberto Parma Photo on February 7, 2012

Lovely sunshine! I like!

Greetings from Italy!

Eliseo.mc on February 11, 2012

TomRos: precioso amanecer en la confluencia de los dos grandes ríos.

LIKE 104.

Saludos de Eliseo

zy ko on March 1, 2012

Very good photo! L Greetings! zyko

Ruggero Sampieri on October 16, 2012

Bella immagine. Like 107.
Cordiali saluti, Ruggero.

Anto & Pier on September 14, 2013

Beautiful shot and colors. Like 108

Have a nice weekend, Anto & Pier

Natmara on April 22

"Like and favorite" Tomas for your very beautiful against the light picture. Thank you for your visit and your comment in youtube.

it was a beautiful morning!

dinuveronica on September 1

Thank you for participating in the CFP September 2014 with this beautiful photo and I wish you success!

I ask you to add photo title: #nr., and create a tag with the name of competition. Thank you!

All the best, Veronica

Tomros - undecided n… on September 1

done Veronica.

dinuveronica on September 1

Thanks, Tom!

Google_Views sucks! on September 1

YSL, it is truly a great foto, also thanks for the explanation.

Best greetings, Erhard

Rostam CZ 3 days ago

Nádherné foto a barvy.L+F

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Photo taken in Fort Defiance State Park, U.S. 60, Cairo, IL 62914, USA
Fort Defiance State Park

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    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2011/11/30 07:33:37
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