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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hard times in Cairo

That would be Cairo, Illinois (fixed link). The times have not been good to Cairo, and they're getting harder:

The Alexander County Sheriff's department at the Southern tip of Illinois is trying to round up some vehicles, as most of the department's patrol cars were repossessed earlier this week.
Sheriff David Barkett surrendered five Crown Victoria's emblazoned with the Sheriff's seal to First National Bank in Cairo on Tuesday of this week. The bank won't comment on the cars except to say customers in Illinois have 21 days to try and reclaim them. (Link.)

The Sheriff also recently laid off 11 of its employees, for a 75% reduction. (Via CapitolFaxblog.)

Being at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, it's not hard to imagine when the town was started that someone stood back and proudly proclaimed Cairo to be Chicago of the South. Something went wrong in Cairo.

Nine minute video that someone made of the town. If that's too much (understandably), here's a two minute video by someone else. I liked the sign that said "Guard dog on duty 3 nights a week. Feel lucky?"

Posted by Marie at September 24, 2009 11:56 AM


Wow, thanks for posting this Marie. The longer video is well worth watching. Both videos remind me of the show "Life After People".

Posted by: Dave at September 24, 2009 1:25 PM

I was really impressed by the town's architecture - sensible, yet so amazing. Also, that there's so much rock solid brick construction (well, except for the bricks that were falling down onto the sidewalk and street.)

Posted by: Marie Carnes Author Profile Page at September 24, 2009 5:54 PM

Terrific videos. The dog sign made my morning.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at September 25, 2009 9:05 AM

My dad and I drove down to Cairo from Chicago five years ago. It looks shattered, though you come across all sorts of interesting stuff--the double-height levee and non-operational massive steel floodgates on the north end of town come to mind.

Posted by: Dan at September 26, 2009 1:40 PM

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