On July 18, 2014, we passed through Cairo, IL, almost by accident. We were looking to take a different route from New Mexico to Pennsylvania, and we cut through Missouri, thinking we’d be in Kentucky next. However, there is a small peninsula of Illinois that had to be crossed to do so.
In this peninsula was the town of Cairo, which is mostly in ruins at this point.
We were way behind schedule, so we did not explore much. We did, however, stop and take a few photos of the Cairo Gate. This gate was used to be used for controlling flood waters around the town.
The idea was that this gate could be lowered, turning Cairo into an island instead of a wreck. However, this has not been used in many years.
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