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

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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  • Uploaded on December 25, 2011
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    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2011/11/30 07:33:37
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 4.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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