I got out of this tiny, little town as soon as I could. During a recent trip to visit family, I took a moment to enjoy my hometown as I never could when I was young.
Cairo was a bustling port city at the southern most point of Illinois from the late 1800’s to the 1930’s. Its decline began when two bridges were built over the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, making the necessity of river boat traffic obsolete. It experienced a further blow with the race riots of the 1960’s. You can still see the splendor of its earlier days in the beautiful architecture of its government buildings and churches.