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    A few months ago I finally got to go to Cairo and was amazed in what condition it was in. Very much "Life After Man" style abandonment here. One of my travel companions informed me that, in the period between her first visit and this one, several buildings had been bulldozed.

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    Nice pictures. Does anyone live in this town anymore? What caused the place to get to where it is today?

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    There are about 2500 here (down from more than 15,000 in the 20s). There are several reasons to the decline; the highway passes it by, its position at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Ohio is far less important or economically viable as it was a century ago. But there were also severe racial issues (lynching were VERY common in the earlier part of the 20th century; there were race riots in the 70s), and people just left, never coming back.

    You wouldn't know people lived here looking at the "downtown" or areas around it, where there's a huge amount of decay. One of the first buildings I saw was the only hospital in town which closed in 1987, and shows no signs of ever reopening. I found no restaurants, gas stations, or open businesses in the area -- strange as there were fairly new brick roads laid down that couldn't be more than a decade old, yet these roads literally lead to nothing.

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    Thanks for the post and photo link. Quite interesting to see a town of that size deteriorate to the point that there are no service stations in town. I have to assume there is another town fairly close by that has a hospital and services, need to look at a map I guess.

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    Nice gallery, thanks for the pics.

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